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March 11th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

thumb.aspxPlantains, an important staple through much of the tropical world, are susceptible to the same diseases currently threatening the world’s most popular banana the Cavendish. “All 120 plantain varieties suffer from the same susceptibility to black sigatoka, nematodes and weevils, like the cavendish, so there’s no variation in response to the disease except that they are all extremely susceptible”, said Rony Swennen, who leads banana and plantain breeding in Africa for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Read more