Bananas @ Pomology.org
(PRWEB) October 14, 2011
Bananas (Musa, Musaceae) comprise the commercially most widely consumed fresh fruit cultivars including 'Cavendish', cooking bananas (plantains), as well as minor cultivars such as seeded bananas (Musa balbisiana). Fresh fruits for export are picked and shipped green, and then ripened with ethylene gas in controlled atmosphere (CA) facilities in the country of destination. The starchier plantains are consumed as a staple in many tropical countries.
Significant resources in the banana section of the site's pomological crops category include the Banana Page of the Center for New Crops and Plants Products of Purdue University which covers many aspects of this fruit of the warm climates. Another resource is that of the crop profile for bananas in Hawaii published on the National Site for the USDA Regional IPM Centers Information System. The category also includes an online book on "Banana Improvement: Cellular, Molecular Biology, and Induced Mutations" produced by the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the homepage of the "Banana and Plantain" Section of Biodiversity International.
Besides links to governmental and commercial institutions working with Bananas, the Fruit Magazine also features a wide range of scientific information and links to papers, research articles and other scholarly literature on Banana Research. This section features resources on "Alternative Respiration and Heat Production in Ripening Banana Fruits", a paper on "Oligonucleotide and Amplification Fingerprinting of Wild Species and Cultivars of Banana" which was published in the renown journal "Nature" and a study on "Within-bunch Variability in Banana Fruit Weight: Importance of Developmental Lag Between Fruits" published in the scholarly journal "Annals of Botany."
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