“Bananas, along with lots of crop plants are under threat from pests and diseases. The reason that bananas are particularly threatened is their lack of genetic diversity.”
Listen to CABI’s very own Rob Reeder talk to Greg Peterson on this podcast from The Urban Farm. Rob talks in detail about the increasing threat to the global banana crop industry but he also tells Greg all about Plantwise.
Science and the study of the biology of plants is a true calling for Rob, as he has been part of different projects at CABI for several decades; and his focus on the Plantwise Programme is something that is making a difference. In the podcast he shares how the Programme is helping farmers in developing countries diagnose and tackle different crop issues, as well as their work to help counter the spread of soil-borne diseases that are affecting banana crops around the world.
To listen to the interview visit The Urban Farm →
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