Videos

It's more than just bananas for our banana NextGen group

Getting together, having a chat, and visiting and learning from other industries is what motivates our NextGen banana growers. If you’re a young, or young at heart banana grower wanting to connect and share new experiences, contact our Better bananas team at betterbananas.com.au or on 13 25 23.

Making biosecurity work for your farm

Mackay's experience of farming with Panama disease tropical race 4

Containment of Panama disease tropical race 4 remains a key priority for the Australian banana industry. Detected in the largest production region of Far North Queensland in March 2015, effective biosecurity remains key to limiting its spread.
Gavin and Stephen Mackay from Mackays Bananas share their experience of farming with the disease and how they have made biosecurity work for their farm. 

Controlling burrowing nematodes in banana production

Nematodes play an important role in the function of soils. Most of them are beneficial to soil health, but some are significant pests in banana production and can cause severe economic losses. This short video provides an overview of the best way to manage burrowing nematodes in banana crops.

NextGen Report: Variety screening trials in the Northern Territory

On a trip to Coastal Plains Research Farm in the Northern Territory in 2017, the banana industry’s NextGen growers were able to see for themselves the performance of varieties currently being trialled for resistance to panama disease tropical race 4. 
Watch the video to see their thoughts on the trial.

Grower Update: On-farm biosecurity - managing footwear

A single dirty shoe is enough to introduce Panama disease tropical race 4 onto your property. Managing the movement of people on and off your properties is an integral part of keeping the disease off your farm.
Watch the video to see how growers are managing the risk footwear poses to their properties.

Panama disease tropical race 4: Identifying and reporting suspect plants

Panama disease tropical race 4 is arguably the most devastating of all known banana diseases. There is currently no effective treatment for infected plants, so early detection and containment is critical to limit its spread. Infected plants must be reported immediately so it is important that all staff and contractors who regularly enter banana paddocks know how to detect and report suspect plants.  
Watch the video to see see what the typical symptoms of this disease look like and how to report suspect plants. You can even use this video as part of your farm staff inductions. 

Panama disease tropical race 4: Identifying the disease and protecting your farm

Panama disease tropical race 4 is arguably the most devastating of all known banana diseases. Since there is currently no effective treatment for infected plants, on-farm biosecurity, early detection and containment is critical to limit its spread. 
This video provides an introduction to the disease and the essential principals of on-farm biosecurity. 

Importing banana material and accessing new varieties

In this video Sharon Hamill from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, provides an overview of the process and procedures for the importation of banana material and accessibility of new varieties.

Diagnostic testing: safeguarding the Australian banana industry

Dr Juliane Henderson is a research scientist working on diagnostic testing of exotic fungal and bacterial diseases of banana. 
This video provides an overview of the work undertaken by Juliane’s team at the Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane.
 

Keeping Australian bananas free from virus diseases

Dr Kathy Crew and Dr John Thomas are virologists working on banana industry projects.
This video provides an overview of their work. This includes diagnostics, research of the banana bunchy top virus and the establishment of a quarantine glasshouse at the Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane.

International insights with banana Nuffield Scholar Paul Inderbitzin

Paul Inderbitzin is a banana grower from Lakeland in Far North Queensland. Paul was successful in obtaining a Nuffield scholarship in 2013. As part of the scholarship, Paul had the opportunity of international travel, visiting countries around the world and studying banana production systems. 
This video is a summary of Paul’s key findings.

Introducing Nuffield Scholar Matt Abbott

Matt Abbott is a banana grower from Innisfail in Far North Queensland. Matt was successful in obtaining a Nuffield scholarship in 2015. 
This video introduces Matt, some of his travels and what he hopes to achieve from the scholarship.

Recommendations for the 15kg 1-piece carton

In this video Tristan Kitchener of Kitchener Partners discusses the outcomes of an industry project which led to the development of minimum and optimum carton standards for each of the main carton configurations. 
This video focuses on the 15 kg one piece carton.

Developing a standard industry banana carton

In this video Tristan Kitchener of Kitchener Partners discusses the outcomes of an industry scoping study that investigated the potential for developing a standard industry banana carton in 2014.
This video was played at the 2014 National Banana Roadshow Series.