MUSA

MUSA

Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable Management of Major Banana Pests and Diseases
Partners
CNR, Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, UO Bari (Coordinator) (CNR) Italy SacomLab, Larino, Italy Universidad de Alicante, Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology (UAL) Spain Grupo Regional de Cooperativas Plataneras del Archipielago...
The Objectives
The MUSA framework includes ambitious research for globally: i) sustainable management of pests and diseases in banana (including plantain and enset) using EBCAs and plant resistance/tolerance-based IPM approaches, ii) improving EBCAs efficacy to develop bioformulations suitable for...

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This innovative MUSA project will holistically encompass novel Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods based on microbial consortia and available banana (Musa spp.) and enset (Ensete ventricosum) germplasm, including newly developed elite hybrids. The Consortium will additionally study phenotypic and molecular reactions by the plants to various biotic stresses. Across tropical and sub-tropical systems, pests and diseases annually result in the loss of banana production of billion €, significantly affecting the food security of millions of small holder growers, as well as income to both small holders and commercial growers alike. Plant parasitic nematodes (PPN), Panama disease (PD, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense) and the banana weevils (BW) are major threats to crops in Canary Islands, Caribbean and Africa.

EARTH students present
Within the MUSA Project the Earth University students give some "Organic banana tips". Gonzalo Crespo (Ecuador), Janina Rios (Paraguay), Juan Carlos Rodriguez (Ecuador), Bryan Merlo...
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Support the coronavirus global response effort
The European Union and its partners launched a coronavirus global response effort on 4 May. The aim of the campaign is to raise €7.5bn to develop...
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Bananas As We Know Them Are Doomed
There are thousands of types of bananas but Americans have eyes for only one kind -- the very marketable yellow Cavendish, which accounts for 95%...
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Nit Europea de los Investicaciò – University of Alicante
Researchers from the University of Alicante (Spain) had a great success in presenting the MUSA Project activities at the Noche Europea de la Ciencia, an European...
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Visiting scientist at IPSP Torino
Scientist Vaniert Ventura, from Instituto de Investigaciones de Viandas Tropicales (INIVIT, Cuba), is visiting the laboratory of IPSP in Turin, working in a MUSA collaboration...
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Annual Meeting in Costa Rica
EARTH, University, Campus Las Mercedes, Costa Rica 17 - 19 September 2018 More
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This innovative MUSA project will holistically encompass novel Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods based on microbial consortia and available banana (Musa spp.) and enset (Ensete ventricosum) germplasm, including newly developed elite hybrids. The Consortium will additionally study phenotypic and molecular reactions by the plants to various biotic stresses. Across tropical and sub-tropical systems, pests and diseases annually result in the loss of banana production of billion €, significantly affecting the food security of millions of small holder growers, as well as income to both small holders and commercial growers alike. Plant parasitic nematodes (PPN), Panama disease (PD, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense) and the banana weevils (BW) are major threats to crops in Canary Islands, Caribbean and Africa.