Strategies to revise agrosystems and breeding to control Fusarium wilt of banana

Yasmin Zorrilla-Fontanesi, Laurens Pauwels, Bart Panis, Santiago Signorelli, Herve Vanderschuren, Rony Swennen

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The recent emergence of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race 4 (Foc TR4), the deadly strain that causes Fusarium wilt of banana, has put the banana production chain for export under threat. Here, we propose research priorities and complementary strategies and challenges for effective and efficient mitigation management of Fusarium wilt. Our strategies include diversifying the agrosystems to increase crop resilience, as well as using precision breeding approaches to rapidly assess and introduce disease-resistance genes to develop stable and complete Foc resistance in commercial banana cultivars. Fusarium wilt, the most destructive and uncontrollable fungal disease affecting banana, has now become a global threat. This Perspective proposes complementary strategies for banana Fusarium wilt management, including revising agrosystems and precision breeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-604
Number of pages6
JournalNature Food
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


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