European Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 155, Issue 4, pp 1093–1103 | Cite as

Agronomic characterization and identification of banana genotypes resistant to Fusarium wilt race 1

  • Zalmar Santana Gonçalves
  • Fernando Haddad
  • Vanusia Batista de Oliveira Amorim
  • Claudia Fortes Ferreira
  • Saulo Alves Santos de Oliveira
  • Edson Perito AmorimEmail author


One of the main limiting factors in banana production is the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc), the causal agent of Fusarium wilt. The objective of this work was to evaluate 23 diploid and eight tetraploid banana hybrids developed by Embrapa, for resistance to Fusarium wilt race 1 in an artificially infested area. Scores of external and internal symptoms were transformed into a severity index. Additionally, the genotypes were agronomically characterized using selection indices to identify superior genotypes. Based on a combined analysis of the selection indices, three improved diploids were selected for their resistance to Foc race 1 and characteristics of agronomic interest, such as short height, more than 100 fruits per bunch and early cycle FAO (2018). Two tetraploids hybrids were selected, includes one Prata type and another of the Pacovan type.


Panama disease Musa breeding Genetic resistance Improvement 



The authors thank the following for the financial support to conduct this work: The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado da Bahia (FAPESB), the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa).

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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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The research did not involve human participants and/or animals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zalmar Santana Gonçalves
    • 1
  • Fernando Haddad
    • 2
  • Vanusia Batista de Oliveira Amorim
    • 2
  • Claudia Fortes Ferreira
    • 2
  • Saulo Alves Santos de Oliveira
    • 2
  • Edson Perito Amorim
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Universidade Estatual de Feira de SantanaFeira de SantanaBrazil
  2. 2.Embrapa Mandioca e FruticulturaCruz das AlmasBrazil

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