Bananas and Plantains (Musa spp.)

  • Allan BrownEmail author
  • Robooni Tumuhimbise
  • Delphine Amah
  • Brigitte Uwimana
  • Moses Nyine
  • Hassan Mduma
  • David Talengera
  • Deborah Karamura
  • Jerome Kuriba
  • Rony Swennen


Bananas and plantains are one of the most important crops in the world, yet very few hybrids are cultivated. Bananas face considerable pressure from multiple biotic and abiotic stresses, but its genetic improvement is impeded by constraints on seed set due to multiple physiological and reproductive issues. The triploid nature of almost all commercially important bananas requires a complicated breeding scheme involving cross hybridization across ploidy levels and results in poor seed set that reduces the probability of obtaining favorable recombination. The poor seed set is further complicated by issues of parthenocarpy and partial to complete female and male sterility that are not fully understood. While the introduction of genomic resources of this perennial long cycling crop promises to hasten the development of improved cultivars, there is a need to maintain vigorous and committed long-term international breeding programs.


Banana Plantain Musa spp. Cavendish Gros Michel Suckering ability Sigatoka Bacterial wilt Heterozygous Banana bunch Association mapping 



This research was undertaken with the support of the Belgium Government, IITA, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Banana (RTB), USAID and HarvestPlus, part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Brown
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robooni Tumuhimbise
    • 2
  • Delphine Amah
    • 3
  • Brigitte Uwimana
    • 4
  • Moses Nyine
    • 4
  • Hassan Mduma
    • 1
  • David Talengera
    • 5
  • Deborah Karamura
    • 6
  • Jerome Kuriba
    • 2
  • Rony Swennen
    • 1
  1. 1.International Institute of Tropical AgricultureArushaTanzania
  2. 2.National Agricultural Research OrganizationKampalaUganda
  3. 3.International Institute of Tropical AgricultureIbadanNigeria
  4. 4.International Institute of Tropical AgricultureKampalaUganda
  5. 5.National Agricultural Research LaboratoriesKampalaUganda
  6. 6.Bioversity InternationalKampalaUganda

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