The first International Conference on Fusarial Wilt of Banana was held in Miami, Florida from August 27-30, 1989. Fusarium Wilt of Banana was derived from presentations made at this meeting. The book is the first since Stover's monograph, Fusarial Wilt (Panama Disease) of Bananas and Other Musa Species, to review the status of the disease and past and current research.
Much has happened since the publication of Stover’s book in 1962. The highly susceptible Gros Michel, used by the export trades until about 1960, had been replaced by clones of the Cavendish subgroup. Although Cavendish cultivars are resistance to Race 1 and Race 2, a new race of the pathogen, Race 4, damages these cultivars in subtropical banana-growing regions in the eastern hemisphere. The continued use of the Cavendish cultivars is now threatened in these regions and producers in the tropics, mindful of the disastrous epidemics which occurred on Gros Michel, are concerned that Race 4, or something like it, might develop in their areas. Fusarium wilt also affects locally important cultivars in regions in which bananas are an important source for food. Fusarium Wilt of Banana documents the current status of these disease in these regions.
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