Banana research and
development

Latest updates

Latest news and events

Field trials on display at South Johnstone

Come along to South Johnstone research facility and:
  • see plant crop bunches in the new variety trial with non-Cavendish types including Lady Finger types, some CIRAD varieties, High Noon as well as a few Cavendish varieties (GCTCV 106 selection, Asia Pacific No. 1, Formosana and Williams)
  • learn about the latest findings on the effects of early desuckering of tissue culture plants, which will get you thinking about your desuckering practices
  • gain insights into research looking at altering an aspect of the tissue culturing process which aims to reduce sucker production
  • hear an update on the nitrogen rate trial being run at the research station.
This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with our banana researchers.

New mini roadshow format a hit with growers

The latest banana roadshow series that ran throughout November has wrapped up for Queensland and New South Wales growers, with events held in Innisfail, Tully, Mareeba, Murwillumbah, and Coffs Harbour.
This series focused on providing updates of industry’s banana variety research and development activities, including the latest results from the Panama TR4 screening trial in the Northern Territory, South Johnstone’s agronomic varietal evaluations and industry’s pre-commercialisation trials. Read more…
Banana growers Chris and Josephine Borsato and Dean Sinton at Innisfail roadshow (Photo courtesy of Sonia Campbell ABGC)
DAF's Stewart Lindsay and banana grower Zac McKeever at Murwillumbah roadshow

New extension team hit the road

It’s certainly going to be a busy time for the team working on the new five-year National Banana Development and Extension Program (BA19004) which commenced in June this year. This project is funded by the banana research and development levy, with co-investment from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and contributions from the Australian Government. Building on the achievements of previous extension projects, it seeks to continue to help build capacity within industry, giving growers the best possible opportunity to make informed positive changes to their businesses. Read more…
Meet the new National banana development and extension team
Better Bananas is an initiative of the National Banana Development and Extension Program (BA16007). This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the banana research and development levy, co-investment from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

The project is supported by the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC).