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23 Jan
Press release

Research conducted at the world’s largest collection of banana diversity hosted in Belgium is helping farmers and scientists all over the world to make banana farming more productive, resilient and sustainable. The collection of genetic diversity conserved in the Belgian genebank has celebrated 30 years of service with an event – 30 years of banana diversity hosted in Belgium – attended also by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo.

20 Jan
News item

Bananas are the world's most popular fruit. They are grown in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Belgium, however, (and yes, we do mean Belgium), is home to the largest collection of bananas in the world hosted at the KU Leuven's Laboratory of Tropical Crop Improvement. On 23 January 2017 our country will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the banana genebank. It helps researchers and farmers across the world gain greater insights into banana cultivation.