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Banana Improvement
Cellular, Molecular Biology, and Induced Mutations
edited by S. Mohan Jain

Banana Improvement contains the results obtained during FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project including mutation techniques for creation of new useful banana genotypes


  • Contains several review papers with the aim of providing state of the are information on a number of biotechnological tools for adoption by breeders and molecular biologists
  • Includes cryopreservaton and somatic embryogenesis to allow maintenance and propagation of Musa germplasm: induced mutogenesis; and somacional variation
  • Useful to international researchers engaged in banana genetic improvement for enhanced food security, nutrition, and employment generation


Cell and Tissue Culture, and Mutation Induction

  • Banana cell and tissue culture: A review
  • Cryopreservation of banana tissues: Support for germplasm conservation and banana improvement
  • Mutation induction in Musa: N. Roux
  • Usefulness of embryogenic cell suspension cultures for the induction and selection of mutations in Musa spp.
  • Analysis of induced mutants of Philippine bananas with molecular markers
  • Biotechnological approaches and in vitro mutagenesis for the improvement of banana
  • Banana improvement through gamma radiation and testing for banana bract mosaic virus in Sri Lanka
  • Advances and perspectives for the genetic improvement of banana (Musa spp.) via biotechnological and nuclear techniques at INVIT
  • Somaclonal variation in banana (Musa acuminata cv. Grande Naine). Genetic mechanism, frequency, and application as a tool for clonal selection

  • Banana protoplasts

    Pests and Diseases

    • Genomics of two banana pathogens: Genetic diversity, diagnostics, and phylogeny of Mycosphaerella fijiensis and M. musicola
    • Towards a molecular understanding of Mycosphaerella/banana interactions
    • Experimental evidence of the M. fijiensis toxin's action on banana photosynthesis apparatus
    • Analysis of the mechanisms of action dealing with Mycosphaerella fijiensis toxins during the development of Black leaf streak disease
    • Development of in vitro techniques for the elimination of cucumber mosaic virus from banana (Musa spp.)
    • Recent developments in early in vitro screening for resistance against migratory endoparasitic nematodes in Musa
    • Lectin binding to the banana parasitic nematode Radopholus similes
    • Early screening techniques for Fusarium wilt resistance in banana micropropagated plants

    Molecular Cytogenetics

    • Molecular cytogenetics and cytometry of banana (Musa spp.)
    • Cytogenetic and cytometric analysis of nuclear genome in Musa
    • Detecting ploidy level instability of banana embryogenic cell suspension cultures by flow cytometry


    • The banana genome in focus: A technical perspective
    • Molecular characterization of genomes in Musa and its applications
    • Application of the amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and the methylation-sensitive amplification polymorphism (MSAP) techniques for the detection of DNA polymorphism changes in DNA methylation in micropropagated bananas
    • An ultrasensitive luminescent detection system in banana biotechnology: From promoter tagging to Southern hybridization
    • Discovery of functional genes in Musa
    • Early detection of dwarl-off-types in banana (Musa spp.) using AFLP, TE-AFLP, and MSAP analysis
    • The global Musa genomic consortium: A boost for banana improvement

    Genetic Transformation and Others

    • Agrobacterium- and particle bombardment-mediated transformation of a wide range of banana cultivars
    • Banana improvement: Future perspectives


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    Banana Improvement
    Cellular, Molecular Biology, and Induced Mutations
    edited by S. Mohan Jain

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