Since November 21, 2017 Einar Martinez, Instituto de Investigaciones en Sanidad Vegetal (INISAV), Cuba, started his PhD project on Panama disease in banana.
In Cuba, more than 179.000 ha of dessert bananas and plantain bananas are grown, which are primarily used as staple food. His research will focus on the diversity of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense. in Cuba. Furthermore, he will evaluate resistance in Cuban banana germplasm, unravel the race concept in Foc and study the role of the microbiome for disease control. Einar’s project in funded by NUFFIC, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education.