Bananas resistant to Black Sigatoka Minimize

January 2010. Pestnet put out a ProMED-mail Post on Black Sigatoka, Banana and Plantain, highlighting the problems in Guyana. In response a member of the banana team associated with IITA, replied with the following:

“The situation with black Sigatoka in plantain is very different from the situation with table banana. The resistant clones of plantain developed by FHIA have good consumer acceptance, while their resistant table bananas have some characteristics that make producers hesitant to introduce these clones for export production. B.G. plantain is liked well in the Caribbean. However, Black Sigatoka is difficult to control in Guyana as the plots are often small so aerial application of fungicides is not feasible. A switch to a resistant variety definitely would be the best option. Information on the resistance developed by FHIA can be found on their website:

A copy of the text on the resistant plantain clone is given here for easy reference:

"FHIA-21 is an alternative to replace the traditional "Cuerno" plantain. Its resistance to Black Sigotoka, high yields and excellent quality have made it a popular fruit that may be consumed fresh or processed. This variety is currently being grown by many small farmers and coops throughout Honduras with excellent results. Under similar conditions FHIA-21's yield may surpass the traditional Cuerno plantain variety by two or three times. By employing modern scientific production methods, this fruit may be profitably exported to international markets. At the present time there are commercial plantations growing this variety in Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador."

Note, and article on the origin of Black Sigatoka suggests that anywhere wkithin the "whole of the southeastern Asian region could be the source".