SELECTION OF NEW BANANA VARIETIES FOR THE COOL SUBTROPICS IN AUSTRALIA
The challenge for the subtropical industries is to develop or select bananas that are better adapted to the climate and pest/disease complexes of that region, but have flavour and characteristics that appeal to consumers. Preferably the fruit should have attributes that are not easily attained in more tropical regions. The introgression of genes may be targeted in some of these programs from cultivars with cold and drought hardiness (ie. Lady Finger (AAB), Mysore (AAB), Ducasse (AAB)). It is also important to study the genetics and heritability of important traits for the subtropics. Results from selection programs in Australia are discussed.