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Colombia: Experts from Latin America and the Caribbean Gathered

15.11.2019

The event was called a Research Agenda Workshop for the exclusion, prevention and management of outbreaks of the Fusarium tropical race 4 (R4T) in the cultivation of musaceae from Latin America and the Caribbean (ALC). It was held in Bogotá and convened all the research centres of Latin America and the Caribbean, international centres, phytosanitary protection offices and the private sector.

The workshop was organized by Fontagro, IDB Invest, the National Institute of Agricultural Research - INIAP and AGROSAVIA.

For two days, the capital of the Colombian Republic was the scene of the regional technical workshop to identify the priorities of an integrated research agenda for the exclusion, prevention, and management of outbreaks of Marchitez Del Banano disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc R4T) in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The workshop addressed topics such as history, causes, current disease status and existing management options. International experts discussed the systems of diagnosis, surveillance, phytosanitary alerts and the current situation of Fusarium wilt in each country. Similarly, regional and international organizations addressed possible prevention, contingency, risk, and potential impact plans.

The Tropical Race 4 of the Fusarium fungus is an aggressive disease that attacks banana varieties, specifically the Cavendish subgroup and varieties of musaceae such as Bluggoe, Gros Michel, Prata and Manzano which are bananas meant to be cooked.

In the Americas, it was first reported in Panama and was known as Panama's Evil. In 1940 this disease affected more than 50,000 hectares of the crop, causing millions in losses to the sector, especially the producers of Gros Michel.

The official report of the arrival in Colombia of the disease was given in the month of August in the municipalities of Dibulla and Riohacha in the department of La Guajira.

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