Panama disease in banana: Spread, screens and genes

Fernando A. García-Bastidas

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


This thesis describes the developing pandemic of a Fusarium species, which causes Panama disease in banana. This so-called Tropical Race 4 (TR4) threatens the global Cavendish-based industry as well as many local varieties destined for domestic markets. The research included the development of new methods to efficiently monitor the disease and to collect and analyze the results of host-pathogen phenotyping trials. This enabled a close monitoring of the international and intercontinental dissemination of TR4. In addition, the thesis describes genetic diversity for resistance towards a panel of Fusarium strains representing global pathogenic diversity and aspects of the molecular interaction between the fungus and its host. Furthermore, the thesis explores genetic diversity for resistance to TR4 in a wide panel of banana accessions and the use of a gene for resistance from a wild banana ancestor through genetic modification of Cavendish banana and its potential for sustainable disease management.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Kema, Gert, Promotor
  • Arango-Isaza, R., Co-promotor, External person
Award date19 Mar 2019
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789463435703
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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