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

Important dates
17 Sep 2021 Deadline for Registration (International Participants)
24 Sep 2021 Deadline for Registration (Malaysian Participants)
  Isodotf 2021 first announcement     Malaysia National Banana Congress to be held on September  
  The first announcement and call for abstracts for the 2nd International Symposium On Durian And Other Tropical Fruits (Isodotf 2021) to be held on 9-10 November 2021 was just released. The Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture (CEBAR), University of Malaya, is delighted to announce that the Malaysia National Banana Congress 2021 (MNBC2021) will be held on 7-8 September 2021  

Malaysia National Banana Congress 2021 (MNBC2021)
Date: 7-8 September 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

  In a paper published in an MPDI Journal of Fungus, scientists explored disease-biocontrol agents of five Bacillus strains that display antibiotic ability against TR4 in China, one of the largest banana growers in the world.     Story books for school children in Chhota Udepur will soon be published on eco-friendly hand-made paper made from banana stems grown in this tribal area.  
  In a paper published in an MPDI Journal of Fungus, scientists explored disease-biocontrol agents of five Bacillus strains that display antibiotic ability against TR4 in China, one of the largest banana growers in the world.     Despite record exports from Ecuador, which remains the world’s largest banana supplier, prices in the largest import markets are rising due to strong demand and local COVID-related imbalances in supply chains  
  The Fairtrade Base Wage for banana plantations comes into effect on July 2021, meaning wage increases of up to 15 percent for banana workers and a significant step towards creating a living wage for thousands of banana plantation workers worldwide.     Farming communities in Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka are demonstrating that much more than banana bread — the flavor of the first year of lockdown — can be made with the fruit.  
  The Neder Banaan greenhouse in the Netherlands now boasts fully-fledged banana bunches. In June, the first flower appeared and the first Neder Banaan was ‘born’.     The Philippines is not just losing market share in key banana markets to Latin American producers but investments as well, which could threaten the domestic output of the world’s second top producer of the prized yellow fruit, an industry group said.  
  As New Zealand went into lockdown after a COVID positive case was detected, it wasn’t toilet paper that shoppers were rushing for in the shopping aisles - it was bananas.     Conditions in Chinese banana production areas have not been great in the last few weeks, with production volume growing as more and more bananas ripen, but the product quality is uneven.  
  California’s avocado harvest is drawing to a close, and prices for Mexican avocado imports, which represent the bulk of supply in the US, are skyrocketing.     Ethiopia has huge potential in avocados, says Evert Wulfrank of Durabilis, but growers need to be responsible about where and how they produce.  
  Kenya’s Kakuzi is going the extra mile to change the narrative around avocados and water consumption, using rainwater to irrigate its orchards.    
Peru has emerged to dominate the summer avocado market in Korea with consistent supply and competitive prices.

  This year’s mango diplomacy kicked off in July when Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan hosted a select group of American lawmakers, officials, media persons, and scholars for dinner.     At the first China mango industry conference, the Tianyang district signed an agreement with Guangzhou Pilot Food Investment Co., Ltd. to develop its fruit sector.  
  Coconut was what Malaysians ate the most in terms of weight in 2020 out of 14 fruits included in an official study, with the second being durians.     The Geographical Identity (GI) tagging efforts by the government of Maharashtra and Indian mango farmers’ collective will tag over 400 million mangoes of more than 1,000 farmers in the Konkan belt by 2022.  
  The Ord Irrigation Scheme, a plan designed to develop Australia's tropical north for intensive irrigated agriculture by harnessing the waters of the Ord River, is set to bring Western Australia’s largest mango orchard back to life.     For the first time, Pakistan Customs has processed a consignment of export of fresh mangoes (White Chaunsa) from Pakistan to Russia under the Convention on Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR), or International Road Transports.  
  The world’s largest producer of fruit and vegetable has partnered with a vegan textile startup to upcycle its fruit waste into vegan leather.     DOST-PCAARRD officially kicked off the implementation of tan R&D Program to further boost the production of the country’s “sweetest” pineapple variety.  
  Pineapple-based agroforestry, traditionally practiced by ethnic Hmar tribe in southern Assam, can be a sustainable alternative to jhum cultivation in northeast India.     In 2019 Ghana exported USD10 million of pineapples to the worldwide market as global demand for the fruit was increasing.  
  Farmers are enjoying tremendous success cultivating papaya in fallow lands in Sreemangal upazila of Moulvibazar district, thanks to bumper yield and a reasonable market price.     A market in China’s Ganzhou city has reportedly found Covid-19 on the surface of durian packages imported from Thailand, the Office of Agricultural Affairs under the Thai Embassy in Beijing reported.  
  The recently released OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook, which covers the present to 2030, gives particular attention to bananas and the four other major tropical fruits: mango, pineapple, avocado, and papaya.     A farmer from Taiwan established a dragon fruit plantation in Gansu, China  
  Since July of this year, prices of Thai mangosteens on the Chinese market have been trending downward, falling by as much as 50% in some cases. This drop in prices has been fueled primarily by a stagnant domestic fruit market in Thailand triggered by a recent rise in COVID-19 cases.     As the Covid-19 pandemic hit hard, lower volumes exported as reliance on China continues to bite amid prolonged pandemic; Vietnam's dragon fruit exports are currently facing difficulties; therefore, the country must find other potential alternative markets.  

Effects of pressure and temperature on the physico-chemical properties and acrylamide formation of starchy banana chips during the post-frying centrifuge step
Udomkun, P., et al. (Sep 2021)
Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization

Effect of banana bunchy top virus on the interaction between banana aphids and banana trees
Murhuba Safari, I., et al. (Aug 2021)
Journal of Chemical Ecology

MaRTH1 suppression of ethylene response during banana fruit ripening and is controlled by MaXB3-MaNAC2 regulatory module
Wei, W., et al. (2021)
Postharvest Biology and Technology


Estimation of fruit load in Australian mango orchards using machine vision
Anderson, N.T., et al. (July 2021)

Optimization of the cold drying process of mango (Mangifera indica L.) Tu Quy variety by response surface methodology
Tran, T.Y.N., et al. (August 2021)
Food Research

Neural network training in SCILAB for classifying mango (Mangifera indica) according to maturity level using the RGB color model
Castillo-Castañeda, E. (August 2021)
STEM Education


Isolation and control of fungal pathogens associated with spoiled Carica papaya (L.) fruit in Mubi Main Market using aqueous leaf wxtract of Sida acuta. (L.)
Yusuf, C.S., et al. (2021)
European Journal of Biology and Biotechnology

Clitorin, a Flavonoid Compound of Papaya, Ameliorates Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Western Diet- induced Mice and Oleic Acid-induced HepG2 Cells
Cominguez, D.C., et al (2021)
Research Square

Nematodes associated with andean papaya (Carica pubescens L.) in Sandia, Puno, Peru
Cornejo-Condori, G., et al. (2021)


Prevalence of Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell, 1893)(Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in MD2 pineapple crop areas in Colombia
Moreno, I., et al. (August 2021)
Pesquisa Agropecuaria Tropical
DOI: 10.1590/1983-40632021v5167838

Minimal number of morphoagronomic characters required for the identification of pineapple (Ananas comosus) cultivars in peatlands of Riau, Indonesia
Rosmaina, et al. (2021)
Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity
DOI: 10.13057/biodiv/d220931

Evaluation of mathematical modelings of pineapple juice concentration using different combination techniques
Kulrattanarak, T. (August 2021)
Food and Applied Bioscience Journal


It takes two: reciprocal scion-rootstock relationships enable salt tolerance in 'Hass' avocado
Lazare, S., et al. (Sep 2021)
Plant Science

Effects of lyophilization on colorimetric indices, phenolics content, and antioxidant activity of avocado (Persea americana) pulp
Dal-Bó, V. & Freire, J.T.
Food Control

Influence of avocado orchard landscapes on amphibians and reptiles in the trans-Mexican volcanic belt
Vega-Agavo, M.I., et al. (August 2021)


Yellow sap contamination on mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.) fruit in relation to soil calcium contents and plant tissue
Mathias, T.P., et al. (Sep 2021)
Annual Research & Review in Biology

Vapor heat treatment against Planococcus lilacinus Cockerell (Hemiptera:Pseudococcidae) on dragon fruit
Ren, L. et al. (Aug 2021)
Pest Management Science

Potential of Jackfruit (Artocarpus Heterophyllus Lam.) Seed Starch as an Alternative to the Commercial Starch Source – a Review
Kushwala, R., et al. (Aug 2021)
Food Reviews International