Banana research at the International Congress of Plant Pathology

During the International Congress of Plant Pathology, ICPP, in Boston this summer, the banana research community will be organising two events.


  • The first meeting is a satellite meeting on Saturday July 28 titled “Fusarium wilt disease of banana: recurrence of a global menace”.
    See the program (click here) .


  • On Monday July 30 a workshop will be held titled “The Vulnerability of Banana to Globally Developing Disease Threats”.
    The program  (click here) has been drafted and will be finalized soon.


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Wageningen scientists participate in Colombian Banana forum 2017

November 2017 Gert Kema and Fernando Garcia Bastidas gave a presentation at the III Colombian Banana forum 2017. About Sustainable Production: Challenges and Opportunities of the Colombian banana sector. The meeting was organised by the ASBAMA: Asociacion de Bananeros del Magdalena y la Guajira.



Gert and Fernando were invited to the meeting to explain about their research in the region. The research of Wageningen University & Research and local partners aims to support the region to grow bananas sustainably in a challenging context. Gert and Fernando are also part of the panel that is known as: The future of bananas: risks and threats of destructive and lethal diseases.

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Wageningen Banana day

On November 18, the Wageningen Banana Day (WBD) will be organized. Professor Emeritus Ivan Buddenhagen (UC-Davis, USA), one of world’s renowned banana scientists opens the event with a keynote lecture. After lunch, a walking tour is organized to the Wageningen UR greenhouses and the Food & Biobased Research banana transportation/ripening test facility. At 3:00 pm a Mini-Symposium with various speakers will focus on the challenges in the global banana production.

Please join this exciting event addressing a global crop with global problems! You can join the whole day or attend a part of the program. More information and registration


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