The Musa International Transit Centre (ITC) at the KU Leuven, where as many as 1,500 different bananenvariëteiten be kept, celebrates on Monday, January 23, his 30-year anniversary. The ITC carries out research to the bananenteelt worldwide to be more productive, more resistant and more durable.
With an annual production of 145 million tonnes and an economic value of over 41 billion euros are bananas the fourth most important food crop in the world. For millions of people his bananas is of vital importance. However, they are also very susceptible to pests and diseases, which ITC researchers for years, their hands are full they have to be more productive, more resistant and more durable. The research centre works currently together with 109 countries.
The bananencollectie of the KU Leuven, currently has more than 1,500 disease-free varieties that will be in proefbuisjes be kept. In addition to these in-vitro collection, the different bananensoorten also frozen in liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius. In this way the plant material is kept for an unlimited period and the biodiversity assured for future generations.
Certainly in the case of the banana is very important, because an encroaching fungus threatens the survival of the most common Cavendish banana, which is probably also in your gift basket is if you like bananas.