An Integrated Management Response to the spread of Fusarium wilt of Banana in South-East Asia

Bananas in South-East Asia
Project code
AUD 2,850,885
Research program manager
Ms Irene Kernot
Project leader
Dr Anthony Pattison
Commissioned organisation
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
JAN 2020
DEC 2024
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to characterise how management practices shape the microbiome and affect the susceptibility of bananas to Fusarium wilt by increasing the understanding of host-pathogen-microbiome interactions.

Fusarium wilt of bananas has become widespread throughout South-East Asia. The disease is threatening smallholder banana production in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and more recently Laos. 

This project builds on current and previous ACIAR projects which have been developing management systems for banana production to suppress the disease. The research has identified that increasing diversity in cropping systems leads to an increase in soil biological diversity, which can suppress development of Fusarium wilt.

Therefore, the project is focusing on the banana microbiome, banana farm management and social networks for banana growers.

Expected project outcomes

  • Determining the microbiome differences existing in current banana production systems.
  • Developing farm management options for banana growers to reduce Fusarium wilt.
  • Understanding grower networks, decision making and provide decision support tools to manage Fusarium wilt of bananas.
Map of Indonesia, Lao and Philippines
Key partners
Australian Banana Growers Council
Horticulture Research Centre, Laos
Plant Protection Center, Department of Agriculture, Laos
Provincial Agricultural Office-Rigion XI, Davao Del Norte, Philippines
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
University of Queensland, Australia
University of Southeastern Philippines
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Fact Sheet HORT/2018/192