Scientific publications

  • BPAT Final Report - IITANARO Banana May 4th 2021

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  • Sources and Types of Banana Planting Materials used by Farmers in Uganda and Tanzania

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  • Consumer acceptability of NARITAs report

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  • PhD.defence.JKimunye.Sigatoka.EAf.8.10.2020

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  • Marimo, P., Caron, C., Van den Bergh, I., Crichton, R., Weltzien, E., Ortiz, R. and Tumuhimbise, R. Gender and Trait Preferences for Banana Cultivation and Use in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Literature Review. Econ Bot (2020).
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s12231-020-09496-y

  • Performance of NARITA banana hybrids in the preliminary yield trial for three cycles in Uganda. Banana Technical Report, 35p. Tushemereirwe, W., Batte, M., Nyine, M., Tumuhimbise, R., Barekye, A., Tendo, S., Talengera, D., Kubiriba, J., Lorenzen, J., Swennen, R., Uwimana, B., 2015.
    www.musalit.org/seeMore.php?id=15482

  • Development of a hydrolysis probe-based real-time assay for the detection of tropical strains of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense race 4. PLoS One 12(2): e0171767. Doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0171767: 1-20. Aguayo, J., Mostert, D., Fourrier-Jeandel, C., Cerf-Wendling, I., Hostachy, B., Viljoen, A. & Ioos, R. 2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171767

  • Progress in understanding Pseudocercospora banana pathogens and the development of resistant Musa germplasm. Plant Pathology 67:759-770. Alakonya, A.E., Kimunye, J., Mahuku, G., Amah, D., Uwimana, B., Brown, A., and Swennen, R. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/ppa.12824

  • First report of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (VCG 01213/16) associated with Cavendish bananas in Laos. Plant Disease 102 (2): 449-450. Chittarath, K., Mostert, D., Crew, K.S., Viljoen, A., Kong, G., Molina, A.B. & Thomas, J.E. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-17-1197-PDN

  • First report of Fusarium wilt on Cavendish bananas, caused by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (VCG 01213/16), in Vietnam. Plant Disease 102 (2): 448. Hung, T.N., Hung, N.Q., Mostert, D., Viljoen, A., Chao, C.P. & Molina, A.B. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-17-1140-PDN

  • Genetic diversity of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense in East and Central Africa. Plant Disease 102 (3): 552-560. Karangwa, P., Mostert, D., Ndayihanzamaso, P., Dubois, T., Niere, B., Felde, A., Schouten, A., Blomme, G., Beed, F. & Viljoen, A. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-02-17-0282-RE

  • The distribution and host range of the banana Fusarium wilt fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, in Asia. PLoS One 12 (7): e0181630. Mostert, D., Molina, A.B., Daniells J., Fourie, G., Hermanto, C., Chao, C-P., Fabregar, E., Sinohin, V.G., Masdek, N., Thangavelu, R., Li, C., Yi, G., Mostert, L. & Viljoen, A. 2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181630

  • Workshop report on strategizing breeding and testing hybrids, Arusha, Feb. 2020

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  • End-User Selection of Preferred Banana Hybrids

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  • Towards Genomics-enabled Banana Breeding

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  • Gender Responsive Banana Breeding

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  • Fusarium Resistance and Genetics

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  • BTracT – A Tracking Tool for Banana Breeding

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  • Improving the Performance of Matooke and Mchare Breeding Pipeline in East Africa

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  • Banana Diseases and Pests Field Guide

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  • Batte, Michael (2019). Increasing efficiency of the breeding pipeline for East African highland bananas. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis

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  • Arinaga, E. 2018. Characterization of Target Population of Environments for East African Highland Banana Using a Multi-criteria Decision Methods. MSc Thesis, KU Leuven, Belgium, pp. 83.

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  • Arinaga, E. 2018. Appendix to Characterization of Target Population of Environments for East African Highland Banana Using a Multi-criteria Decision Methods. MSc Thesis, KU Leuven, Belgium.

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  • Mohamed, Y. 2017. Infestation assessment of banana weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus Germar) in different banana-based farming systems in Arusha and Kilimanjaro Regions, Tanzania. MSc Thesis, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania, pp. 57.

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  • Nyine, M. 2018. Genomic Selection to Accelerate Banana Breeding: Genotyping by Sequencing of Banana Hybrids. PhD thesis, Institute of Experimental Botany. Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, pp. 163.

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  • Shabani, H. 2017. Role of plant parasitic nematodes (Pratylenchus goodeyi Sher and Allen) on fusarium wilt disease incidence and severity on banana. MSc Thesis, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania, pp. 58.

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  • Homeolog expression analysis in an allotriploid non-model crop via integration of transcriptomics and proteomics. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1353. van Wesemael, J., Hueber, Y., Kissel, E., Campos, N., Swennen, R., and Carpentier, S. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-19684-5

  • Genomic prediction in a multiploid crop: genotype by environment interaction and allele dosage effects on predictive ability in banana. The Plant Genome, 11(2). Nyine, M., Uwimana, B., Blavet, N., Hribova, E., Vanrespaille, H., Batte, M., Akech, V., Brown, A., Lorenzen, J., Swennen, R., and Dolezel, J. 2018
    http://dx.doi.org/10.3835/plantgenome2017.10.0090

  • Sources of resistance to Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum , the causal agent of banana Xanthomonas wilt. Plant Pathology. Nakato, G.V., Christelová, P., Were, E., Nyine, M., Coutinho, T.A., Dolezel, J., Uwimana, B., Swennen, R., and Mahuku, G. (2018).
    https://doi.org/10.1111/ppa.12945

  • The distribution and host range of the banana Fusarium wilt fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, in Asia. PLoS One 12 (7): e0181630. Mostert, D., Molina, A.B., Daniells J., Fourie, G., Hermanto, C., Chao, C-P., Fabregar, E., Sinohin, V.G., Masdek, N., Thangavelu, R., Li, C., Yi, G., Mostert, L. & Viljoen, A. 2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181630

  • The complex distribution of plantain cultivars (Musa sp., AAB subgroup) in the Bas-Uele province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 13(26), 1358-1373. Komoy Losimba, J., Adheka, J.G., Dhed'a Djailo, B., Karamura, D., Blomme, G., Swennen, R., and De Langhe, E. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2018.13202

  • Genetic diversity of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense in East and Central Africa. Plant Disease 102 (3): 552-560. Karangwa, P., Mostert, D., Ndayihanzamaso, P., Dubois, T., Niere, B., Felde, A., Schouten, A., Blomme, G., Beed, F. & Viljoen, A. 2018.


  • First report of Fusarium wilt on Cavendish bananas, caused by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (VCG 01213/16), in Vietnam. Plant Disease 102 (2): 448. Hung, T.N., Hung, N.Q., Mostert, D., Viljoen, A., Chao, C.P. & Molina, A.B. 2018.


  • Genomics-Assisted Breeding in the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). Agriculture, 8, 89. Friedmann, M., Asfaw, A., Anglin, N.L., Becerra, L.A., Bhattacharjee, M., Brown, A., Carey, E., Ferguson, M.E., Gemenet, D., Lindqvist-Kreuze, H., Rabbi, I., Rouard, M., Swennen, R., and Thiele, G. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8070089

  • Plant Parasitic Nematodes and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Annual Review of Phytopathology, 56, 381-403. Coyne, D.L., Cortada, L., Dalzell, J.J., Claudius-Cole, A.O., Haukeland, S., Luambano, N., Talwana, H. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-phyto-080417-045833

  • Molecular and cytological characterization of the global Musa germplasm collection provides insights into the treasure of banana diversity. – Biodivers. Conserv. 26: 801-824, 2017. Christelová, P., De Langhe, E., Hřibová, E., Čížková, J., Sardos, J., Hušáková, M., Van den houwe, I., Sutanto, A., Kepler, A.K., Swennen, R., Roux, N., Doležel, J.:
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-016-1273-9#Sec1[16-06-20]

  • First report of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (VCG 01213/16) associated with Cavendish bananas in Laos. Plant Disease 102 (2): 449-450. Chittarath, K., Mostert, D., Crew, K.S., Viljoen, A., Kong, G., Molina, A.B. & Thomas, J.E. 2018.


  • The plantain proteome, a focus on allele specific proteins obtained from plantain fruits. Proteomics, 18(3-4). Campos, N.A., Swennen, R., and Carpentier, S. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1002/pmic.201700227

  • Germplasm evaluation and cropping systems enhanced sustainable plantain and banana production in Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Crop Science 5, 62–68 Baiyeri, P.K., Aba, S.C. and Ortiz, R. 2018.


  • Suitability of existing Musa morphological descriptors to characterize East African highland ‘matooke’ bananas. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 65, 645-657. Batte, M., Mukiibi, A., Swennen, R., Uwimana, B., Pocasangre, L., Hovmalm, H.P., Geleta, M., and Ortiz, R. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s1072

  • Recent advances in banana (Musa spp.) biofortification to alleviate vitamin A deficiency. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 1-39. Amah, D., van Biljon, A., Brown, A., Perkins-Veazie, P., Swennen, R., and Labuschagne, M. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2018.1495175

  • Progress in understanding Pseudocercospora banana pathogens and the development of resistant Musa germplasm. Plant Pathology 67:759-770. Alakonya, A.E., Kimunye, J., Mahuku, G., Amah, D., Uwimana, B., Brown, A., and Swennen, R. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/ppa.12824

  • Development of a hydrolysis probe-based real-time assay for the detection of tropical strains of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense race 4. PLoS One 12(2): e0171767. Doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0171767: 1-20. Aguayo, J., Mostert, D., Fourrier-Jeandel, C., Cerf-Wendling, I., Hostachy, B., Viljoen, A. & Ioos, R. 2017.


  • The morphological diversity of plantain in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Scientia Horticulturae, 234, 126-133. Adheka, J.G., Dhed'a Djailo, B., Karamura, D., Blomme, G., Swennen, R., and De Langhe, E. 2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2018.02.034

  • Trait variation and genetic diversity in a banana genomic selection training population. PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0178734. Nyine, M., Uwimana, B., Swennen, R., Batte, M., Brown, A., Christelova, P., Hribova, E., Lorenzen, J., and Dolezel, J. 2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178734

  • Abiotic stress research in crops using -omics approaches: drought stress and banana in the spotlight. Acta Horticulturae, 1114, 81-90. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1114.11. Kissel, E., Vanhove, A.-C., Garcia, S., Panis, B., Rouard, M., Cenci, A., Roux, N., Zorrilla, C., Swennen, R., and Carpentier, S. 2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1114.11

  • Evolutionary dynamics and biogeography of Musaceae reveal a correlation between the diversification of the banana family and the geological and climatic history of Southeast Asia. New Phytologist, 210(4), 1453-1465. 10.1111/nph.13856. Janssens, S.B., Vandelook, F., De Langhe, E., Verstraete, B., Smets, E., Van den houwe, I., and Swennen, R. 2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.13856

  • Suitability of existing Musa morphological descriptors to characterize East African highland ‘matooke’ bananas. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 10.1007/s10722-017-0562-9. Batte, M., Mukiibi, A., Swennen, R., Uwimana, B., Pocasangre, L., Hovmalm, H.P., Geleta, M., and Ortiz, R. 2017.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10722-017-0562-9

  • Data for the characterization of the HSP70 family during osmotic stress in banana, a non-model crop. Data in Brief, 3, 78-84. Vanhove, A.-C., Vermaelen, W., Cenci, A., Swennen, R., and Carpentier, S. 2015.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2015.01.008

  • Transpiration efficiency versus growth: exploring the banana biodiversity for drought tolerance. Scientia Horticulturae, 185, 175-182. Kissel, E., Van Asten, P., Swennen, R., Lorenzen, J., and Carpentier, S. 2015.
    http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QZYP15DynMh7S

  • Differential root transcriptomics in a polypoloid non-model crop: the importance of respiration during osmotic stress. Scientific Reports, 6. 22583. DOI 10.1038/srep22583. Zorrilla, J., Rouard, M., Cenci, A., Kissel, E., Do, H., Dubois, E., Nidelet, S., Roux, N., Swennen, R., and Carpentier, S. 2016.
    http://www.nature.com/articles/srep22583

  • Evolutionary dynamics and biogeography of Musaceae reveal a correlation between the diversification of the banana family and the geological and climatic history of Southeast Asia. New Phytologist. 10.1111/nph.13856. Janssens, S.B., Vandelook, F., De Langhe, E., Verstraete, B., Smets, E., Van den houwe, I., and Swennen, R. 2016.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.13856

  • Performance of NARITA banana hybrids in the preliminary yield trial for three cycles in Uganda. Banana Technical Report, 35p. Tushemereirwe, W., Batte, M., Nyine, M., Tumuhimbise, R., Barekye, A., Tendo, S., Talengera, D., Kubiriba, J., Lorenzen, J., Swennen, R., Uwimana, B., 2015.
    www.musalit.org/seeMore.php?id=15482

  • Phenalenone-type phytoalexins mediate resistance of banana plants (Musa spp.) to the burrowing nematode Radopholus similis. PNAS, 111(1), 105-110. Hoelscher, D., Suganthagunthalam, D., Alexandrov, T., Becker, M., Bretschneider, T., Buerkert, A., Crecelius, A.C., De Waele, D., Elsen, A., Heckel, D.G., Heklau, H., Hertweck, C., Kai, M., Knop, K., Krafft, C., Maddula, R.K., Matthäus, C., Popp, J., Schneider, B., Schubert, U.S., Sikora, R.A., Svatos, A., and Swennen, R. 2014.
    http://www.pnas.org/content/111/1/105

  • Evaluation of four different strategies to characterize plasma membrane proteins from banana roots. Ciencia e Agrotecnologia, 38, 424-434. Garcia, S., Panis, B., Swennen, R., and Carpentier, S. 2014.