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Dealing with Panama Disease

Future Lab

February 7, 2018

11:00 - 11:30

Hall 26

Panama Disease is extremely aggressive, attacking the roots and finally killing the banana plant. Caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, it is the most serious disease in banana production and has already caused an enormous amount of damage to plantations. Today, new strains of Panama Disease are threatening to destroy production of the most important banana variety, Cavendish. It is only a matter of time before the pathogen makes the leap from Africa, Asia and Australia to Latin America.
Until now, the Fusarium pathogen was resistant to fungicides, but a new integrated solution could provide the answer.


Michael Schotten, Editor, Fruchthandel Magazin, Fruitnet Media International GmbH


Kai Wirtz, Global Crop Manager Fruit, Bayer AG