Project

Agroforesty inspired management of Fusarium wilt in banana.

Duration
01 October 2012 → 30 September 2016
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Plant biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Agriculture, land and farm management
    • Horticultural production
    • Other agriculture, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences
Keywords
lignin Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Soil suppressiveness banana agroforestry
 
Project description

We want to investigate how ‘Maçã’, an economic important race of banana, can survive in Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (Foc)-infested agroforestry systems. We will test the following hypotheses: spots of suppressive soils to Foc are created in the field, containing the spread of the disease; degradation of lignin-rich residues in soil affects negatively chlamydospore survival; and reduced abiotic stress may induce resistance to Foc.