Evaluation of the 2020 variety screening trial is progressing. Assessment of the plant crop is now complete and results are now available. Harvesting of the first ratoon was completed late in 2022 with data analysis underway. The new varieties are now being screened for yellow Sigatoka resistance.
About the trial
This agronomic evaluation screening trial was planted at South Johnstone Research Facility in October 2020. Building on previous variety evaluation work, the trial is looking at new introductions that may have commercial potential for the Australian banana industry, forming part of the recently completed project ‘Improved plant protection for the banana industry (BA16001)’.
Assessment of agronomic traits is being collected over a plant crop and first ratoon with leaf spot screening performed in a nurse-suckered third crop cycle.
Trial five months after planting in March 2021.
Below is a video of a field walk of the evaluation trial taken in September 2021.
About the varieties being evaluated
Three Cavendish selections, four CIRAD hybrids, and six Lady Finger selections were included in the evaluation trial, including two varieties with TR4 resistance.
Observations and results
Observations and results are now available for the plant crop and will soon be available for the first ratoon.