Global banana industry faces huge obstacles

Ashley Walmsley
By Ashley Walmsley
December 1 2017 - 6:00pm
UNDER THREAT: The Cavendish banana is under threat globally from Panama disease Tropical Race 4 which presents a real concern for millions who rely on it as staple food.

THE future of commercial banana production is diversity, something which isn't being exploited according to Dutch professor of tropical phytopathology, Gert Kema.

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Ashley Walmsley

Ashley Walmsley

Editor, Good Fruit & Vegetables

For more than a decade, Ashley Walmsley has written about Australian agriculture. Having grown up on his parents smallcrops, cane and cattle property in Queensland, but clearly unable to grow anything himself, it was a natural progression for him to pursue a career writing about rural industries. He is currently the editor of Fairfax Media’s only national, fresh produce magazine, Good Fruit & Vegetables, while also covering horticulture stories for the agricultural papers and websites. When not writing about vegetables, fruits and nuts, Ashley enjoys playing and discussing video games from a simpler time, and doing impersonations of ABC radio presenters.

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