The BananaTainer: a high throughput phenotyping installation to explore Musas growth potential in the East African highlands
The East African highlands, a densely populated area in the African Great Lakes region, are located at high altitudes (900-2000 m a.s.l.) and characterized by relatively low average temperatures (17-25°C). Banana (Musa spp.) is an important component of its production landscape, contributing in Uganda to up to 80% of the caloric intake. However, above 1500 m a.s.l. the relatively low ambient temperatures slow down the production and the on-farm diversity decreases. Although enhanced on-farm diversity has been proposed to increase production, little is known on the cultivar-specific agronomic requirements. High-throughput phenotyping installations with a tight climatic control, are essential to allow fast and early ex situ screening of the diversity with high experimental reproducibility. In this study, we introduce the BananaTainer as a suitable high-throughput, pre-field phenotyping installation i) to simulate East African highland weather conditions and ii) to evaluate differences in Musas low temperature responses.
Gambart, C., Van Wesemael, J., Swennen, R. and Carpentier, S. (2023). The BananaTainer: a high throughput phenotyping installation to explore Musas growth potential in the East African highlands. Acta Hortic. 1372, 15-22
BananaTainer, canopy growth, East-African highlands, gene bank, high-throughput phenotyping, low temperature response, pre-field screening