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M9 Banana Hybrid hits the market
Friday, 23 June 2017
A high yielding, great tasting Matooke Hybrid developed by NARO with resistance to Black Sigatoka has taken the market by storm. M9 combines great taste, high yields resulting in favourable...
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The vast majority of the bananas currently grown and consumed were not conventionally bred but are selections made over probably thousands of years from naturally occurring hybrids. Cultivated bananas are very nearly sterile and as a consequence are not propagated from seed but rather through vegetative propagation, primarily suckers as well as more recently micropropagated or tissue cultured bananas. These factors, very old selections, near sterility and vegetative propagation, mean that these bananas have not been genetically improved either for resistance or improved quality and are becoming increasing in affected by serious pests and diseases.

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