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Australia launches new banana variety resistant to TR4

Fresh Banana
Fruits
Australia
Innovation & Technology
Published Feb 20, 2024

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The Australian government has given the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) permission to commercially release a new genetically modified (GM) Cavendish banana variety, QCAV-4. This marks the first GM variety approved for commercial production worldwide and the first Australian GM fruit approved for cultivation in Australia. The GM banana, developed to fight the tropical race 4 (TR4) of Panama disease threatening the $20 billion global banana industry, contains a gene from a wild banana that is completely resistant to the disease. The GM banana is similar to the traditional Cavendish in taste, composition, lifespan, and maturation.
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The Australian government has granted the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) official authorization to commercially release a new variety of genetically modified (GM) Cavendish banana. QCAV-4 is the world's first GM variety approved for commercial production, as well as the first Australian GM fruit approved for cultivation in Australia. The new crop was developed in hopes of combating the devastating effects of tropical race 4 (TR4) of Panama disease, which threatens the $20 billion global banana industry. "TR4 is killing Cavendish bananas in Australia and many other countries. It is spreading and getting worse," says James Dale, a professor at QUT. Dale and his team have been working on the development and cultivation of genetically modified Cavendish for over 20 years. "We have analyzed the new QCAV-4s and compared them to the regular Cavendish. They have exactly the same composition, so we do not expect them to taste different. However, in the near future we will create ...
Source: MXfruit
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