Fusarium Wilt Incidence, Growth, Yield and Post-Harvest Quality of Banana as Affected by Organic Farming in Chinese Taipei

  • Authors : Chang, C.M.; Chao, C.P.; Huang, S.N.; Chiang, S.C.

  • Document type : Conference paper

  • Year of publication : 2011

  • Conference : International ISHS-ProMusa Symposium on Global Perspectives on Asian Challenges, Guangzhou, China, 14-18/09/2009

  • Book title : Acta Horticulturae 897

  • Editors : Van den Bergh, I.; Smith, M.; Swennen, R.; Hermanto, C.

  • Publisher(s) : ISHS

  • Place of publication : Leuven, Belgium

  • ISBN : 978-90-66051-38-6

  • Pages : 413-420

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : The original publication is available at www.actahort.org.

    Organic banana farming is an alternative to conventional banana production in Chinese Taipei. Results from a 10-year study on organic banana production at the organic farm of the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) indicate that average incidence of Fusarium wilt for four Cavendish cultivars was 25.7% for the organic farming system, as compared to 66.9% for the conventional farming system. The lower incidence of Fusarium wilt in the organic system was considered to be associated with a positive change in the properties of the soil. Horticultural parameters at shooting did not show significant differences between organic and conventional banana, except for a lower number of healthy leaves in the organic banana. No differences in the post-harvest quality could be found between organic and conventional banana. A smaller bunch weight was recorded for the organic banana; however, more harvested bunches resulted in a higher overall yield in the organic farming system. Promotion of the organic farming system for adoption by more banana growers could enhance the sustainability of the Chinese Taipei banana industry.


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  • Musalit document ID : IN130278

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