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Corbana targets US$12m saving on pesticide usage

Posted on 21 January 2008

The group with which Costa Rica’s national banana corporation is working aims to decipher the banana genome, in order to better manage pests and diseases.

Corbana is working with Biodiversity International, CIRAD, Embrapa and the Universities of Wageningen and the Católica de Lovaina to achieve this objective. Costa Rica currently spends an estimated US$12m per year controlling leaf disease Black Sigatoka, the scourge of the global banana business. A reduction in the use of pesticides should also improve the quality of the fruit.

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