BANGLADESH: Dragon fruits grown for the first time

Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is being cultivated for the first time in the northern part of Bangladesh thanks to favourable growing conditions. It usually grows in Southeast Asian as well as Central and South American countries.     Horticulture Centre of the Department of Agriculture Extension is promoting the fruit for commercial farming […]

MEXICO: Colima papaya growers report losses as high as 80%

Mexican industry association Propapaya says growers who have been able to reach their farms in the wake of Hurricane Patricia are reporting fruit losses of between 50-80%.   The category 5 hurricane struck Mexico’s Pacific coast late last week, affecting agricultural production to varying degrees in the states of Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit and Colima.   […]

STUDY: Scientists ‘go bananas’ for new application of fruit protein as method for treating viruses

by Tom McBrien, The Michigan Reporter   The banana: a favorite fruit, a preferred source of potassium and the source of a molecule that could fight some of the world’s deadliest viruses.   Scientists have known for years that a protein inside bananas called banana lectin, or BanLec, has powerful antiviral properties. The only problem: BanLec […]

TFNet welcomes 15 new ordinary members from the Philippines

BAGUIO CITY: The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) welcomed fifteen new ordinary members during the 23rd Philippine National Fruit Symposium, organized by the Philippine Fruit Association (PFA) on 19-23 October 2015.   Chief Executive Officer Desa Hassim, PhD presented the activities of TFNet and encouraged the participants to join the Network. After the presentation, the […]