ISSUE 65: APRIL 2021


International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF2021)
28-30 September 2021
Virtual Symposium

THEME : Boosting Tropical Fruit Production, Consumption, and Market to Enhance Healthy Diets and Improve Livelihoods

  MARDI/TFNet collaboration successfully organizes the Malaysian National Fruit Conference 2021     TFNet participates in regional workshop of Lancang-Mekong Agricultural Cooperation on quality and safety of agri-food production  
  The Malaysian National Fruit Conference (Buah 2021) was successfully organized virtually by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in collaboration with International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) from the 6th to 8th April 2021.     A regional workshop of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation on Quality and Safety of Agri-food Production was organised by the LM Agriculture Cooperation, FECC, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN Asia Pacific Region on 26 April 2021.   

International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (Virtual Symposium)  
Date: 28-30 September 2021

8th Session of the TFNet General Assembly & 14th Board of Trustees Meeting (Virtual)
Date: TBA 2021

International Symposium on Durian and Potential Tropical Fruits: Tropical Fruits Production and Quality To Enhance Global markets (Virtual)
Date: 9-10 November 2021
Main Organizer: IFTRI
Co-organizer: TFNet

  ECUADOR: Deadly banana fungus puts world’s top exporter on high alert     MALAYSIA: Harumanis mangoes record USD 5.4m in online sales  
  Ecuador, the world’s biggest banana exporter, is on high alert for its vital crop as neighboring Peru grapples with an outbreak of a fungus deadly to the tropical fruit.     The online sale of Harumanis mangoes received an encouraging response, with a sales value of RM22 million (USD 5.4 million) from April, said Agriculture Department director-general, Datuk Mohd Nasir Warris.  
  MALAYSIA: Making vinegar products out of overripe pineapples in Tamparuli     USA: Can ‘banana buffers’ save California from wildfires?  
  A team of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) researchers has taken the initiative to teach Tamparuli villagers how to transform overripe pineapples into vinegar products through technology intervention.     To avoid fiery disasters, one professor has a rather bananas idea: Barath Raghavan thinks growing groves of banana trees around towns and cities could help halt these now-yearly tragedies.  
  CAMBODIA: Mangoes receive official approval for export to China     VIETNAM: Fruits, vegetables sector sets $10 billion export target  
  Cambodian mangoes produced at a small group of approved packaging factories have been cleared for export to China, as a result of recent improvements of factory compliance to phytosanitary requirements .     Vietnam’s agricultural sector has determined to improve quality to meet import market standards and achieve the export target of $10 billion by 2030.  
  BANGLADESH: Early pineapple harvest benefits farmers     INFO: Bananas are becoming more expensive everywhere and may even disappear  
  Though the peak time for harvest starts from late May or the first week of June, many farmers of Rangamati and Khagrachhari, and some of Moulvibazar have started picking Honey Queen pineapples early to get a good price during Ramadan.     The global market for bananas has experienced a number of shocks: information is spreading in many countries’ media about imminent complete disappearance of bananas, and their prices are high everywhere, according to EastFruit.  
  CHINA: Banana growing boosted in Lancang-Mekong region     BANGLADESH: Bumper mango production likely in Rangpur region  
  China plans to help countries in the Lancang-Mekong region tap their banana-growing potential, the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences said.     Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) as well as farmers are expecting a bumper mango production following smooth formation of the tender fruits in Rangpur agriculture region.  
  ETHIOPIA: Could solar-dried papaya relieve malnutrition?     STUDY: Avocado compound targets enzyme critical to leukaemia cell growth  
  Led by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a four-year project to turn papaya fruit into a nutritious and affordable snack is being developed for low-income consumers in Ethiopia.     A compound in avocados could offer a route to better acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) treatment, according to a new study from the University of Guelph, Canada.  
  KENYA: Avocado exports hit 72,000 tons in 2020     THAILAND: Durian quality inspection program begins  
  Kenya’s exports of avocados hit 72,000 tons in 2020, up from 59,000 tons recorded in the previous year, a government official said.     Chantaburi province, the largest durian-growing area in Thailand, is inspecting farms that have low quality fruits.  
  THAILAND: Rainbow Mango “Mahachanok” enters Korea after 9 years of endeavor     RUSSIA: Fruit imports in January 2021 were marked by a drop in supplies of bananas and apples  
  Thai Trade Center Seoul organized Thai Fruit Promotion to launch the Mahachanok mango variety's availability in Korean markets.     Russian fruit imports in January 2021 remained virtually unchanged compared to the same month in 2020, but changes in the import structure were significant.  
  CRISPR/Cas9‐mediated editing of DMR6 Orthologue in banana (Musa spp.) confers enhanced resistance to bacterial disease     Research of simulation analysis and experimental optimization of banana de-handing device with self-adaptive profiling function  
  Tripathi, J.N., et al. (2021)
Journal: Plant Biotechnology Journal
    Guo, J., et al. (2021)
Journal: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
  Effect of the length of the flowering-harvest interval on the ripening and quality of Kent mango in Côte d'Ivoire     Prediction of mango hopper, Idioscopus nitidulus (Walker) using hybrid modelling in Konkan region  
  Koffi, J.M.K., et al. (2021)
Journal: Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences
    Munj, A.Y., et al. (2021)
Journal: Journal of Agrometeorology
  Comparative Morphology, Phenology and Productive Potential of Different Plant Types in Papaya cv. Red Lady Taiwan     Foaming process optimization, drying kinetics and quality of foam mat dried papaya pulp  
  Shivakumara, N.R, et al. (2021)
Journal: International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
    El-Salam. A, et al. (2021)
Journal: Journal of food science and technology
  Conductive drying methods for producing high-quality restructured pineapple-starch snacks     Comparative extraction of bromelain and bioactive peptides from pineapple byproducts by ultrasonic‐ and microwave‐assisted extractions  
Simao, R.S., et al. (March 2021)
Journal: Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies
    Mala, T. et al. (2021)
Journal: Food Process Engineering

  Native flowering shrubs promote beneficial insects in avocado orchards     Effects of cold plasma on avocado pulp (Persea americana Mill.): Chemical characteristics and bioactive compounds  
  Muñoz, A.G., et al. (2021)
Journal: Agricultural and Forestry Entomology
    Batista, J.D.F., et al. (2021)
Journal: Journal of food processing and preservation
  Thai Durian Export Competitiveness to the People's Republic of China Case Study: Strategic Partnership with Alibaba Group     Phenolic profile and antioxidant capacity of fruit Averrhoa carambola L.: a review  
  Sukloet, S. (2021)
Journal: Rajabhat Chiang Mai Research Journal
    Vargaz-Madriz, A.F. et al. (2021)
Journal: Food Science and Technology
  Effect of in vitro digestion on polyphenol release and antioxidant activity from three different species of dragon fruit (Hylocereus sp)     Supplementation mangosteen peel extract relieves the histopathological changes of the heart and kidneys in mice given monosodium glutamate.  
  Flores-Verastegui, M.I.M, et al. (2021)
Journal: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
    Yogiana, W., et al. (2021)
Journal: Indonesia Medicus Veterinus
  Effect of Hot Water Treatment on Quality and Shelf-Life of Rambutan     Mechanical and morphological properties of Citrus maxima waste powder filled Low-Density polyethylene composites  
  Setyabudi, D.A , et al. (2021)
Journal: Journal of Hunan University Natural Sciences
    Joglekar, J.J., et al. (2021)
Journal: Materials Today