The cause and management of crown rot of banana (BA13011)
What was it all about?
This project sought to develop a greater understanding of the factors that contribute to crown end rot (CER), which has re-emerged as an important problem in the banana supply chain.
The research sought to better understand the disease, improve pre- and post-harvest disease control, and provide growers with information that will result in reduced losses due to CER.
Key findings from the work included:
- The two pathogens most frequently associated with CER were identified as Musicillium theobromaeand Fusarium (Fusarium equiseti-incarnatum complex), both of which widely distributed in North Queensland banana growing environments all year round
- Post-harvest treatments were developed
- Fungicide efficacy testing identified alternative products that can hamper the growth of CER-causing organisms
- Longer duration of storage prior to ripening was found to have an increased effect on the severity of CER
- A draft management practice framework for CER was developed
- Key supply chain partners were engaged to implement post-harvest management options and assess against current practices.
This project has been funded by Hort Innovation
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