Queensland banana growers have avoided a serious biosecurity risk with the Northern Territory today officially declared banana freckle free. The successful eradication follows a five year joint effort between the Australian, state and territory governments and the banana industry. Banana freckle is a pest of banana leaves and fruit caused by a fungal pathogen. Federal … Continue reading Northern Territory declared banana freckle free
Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed the presence of Panama tropical race 4 on a third Tully Valley farm.
Researchers from QUT have developed a golden-orange fleshed banana, rich in pro-vitamin A which could save the lives of thousands of children who die each year from a deficiency of the vitamin.
The banana is the world’s most popular fruit crop, with over 100 million metric tons produced annually in over 130 tropical and subtropical countries. Edible bananas are the result of a genetic accident in nature that created the seedless fruit we enjoy today. Virtually all the bananas sold across the Western world belong to the … Continue reading With the familiar Cavendish banana in danger, can science help it survive?
Recent trials by CHEP Australia in the use of reusable plastic crates as an alternative to cardboard cartons for the banana industry have returned positive results for growers and other members of the supply chain.