By Sukhada Mohandas,Kundapura V. Ravishankar

Bananas and plantains are one of the most crucial nutrients and funds vegetation on this planet. they're cultivated in additional than a hundred thirty five nations, around the tropics and subtropics, with an annual international construction of ca. a hundred thirty million metric tonnes. even though bananas are some of the most vital parts of meals safety in lots of constructing nations, banana creation is threatened by way of either abiotic and biotic stresses. those contain a variety of ailments and pests, comparable to bunchy best virus, burrowing nematodes, black Sigatoka or black leaf streak, Fusarium wilt, etc. 
In contemporary years, enormous development has been made and several other biotechnological and genomic instruments were hired to assist comprehend and get to the bottom of the mysterious banana genome. Molecular and genomic stories have helped to decipher the Musa genome and its evolution. Genetic linkage map and full genome sequencing of either Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana (progenitors of cultivated banana) have thoroughly replaced the way in which of pondering and the procedure on banana crop development.  Whole-genome sequencing has helped to enhance the choice of quantitative qualities corresponding to yield, in addition to the choice of optimum mom and dad for constructing required hybrids in breeding courses. Gene isolation and the research of mutants have helped within the characterization of genes of agronomic price and the linked regulatory sequences. With the appearance of molecular markers and new statistical instruments, it really is now attainable to degree the variety, determine genes and valuable alleles associated with vital agronomic qualities. extra those alleles may be integrated into cultivars via marker assisted choice or via transgenic process.  Transgenic ways are power instruments for direct move of those genes into renowned cultivars, that are as a rule now not amenable for traditional breeding suggestions, in particular with plants corresponding to bananas that are sterile, triploid and heterozygous thereby making it tough to reconstruct the recurrent genotypes in banana. Transgenic recommendations hence have helped triumph over the trouble of operating with sterile, triploid banana crop. within the final 5 years, huge, immense volume of latest info and methods were generated for banana. A entire booklet entitled “Banana: Genomics and Transgenic methods for Genetic development” on banana genomics, most recent transgenic applied sciences and instruments on hand for enhanced crop improvement in banana will deal with most of these necessities.   

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