ISSUE 61 – Yearend 2020

The 2020 yearend issue of TFNet Newsfeed reports on the “Virtual workshop series research on banana fusarium wilt” and includes a special New Year Message from the Secretariat.Other news highlights include:

  • CHINA: 400M middle-class sector ‘promising market’ for PH goods
  • USA: Del Monte’s new ‘juicier and sweeter’ pink pineapple is in stores now
  • SPAIN: Smart mango harvesting through 5G
  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA: On the hunt for wild bananas

Research highlights include:

  • Detection of Chemically Matured Mango Fruits Using Laplacian Descriptors and Scale Determinants
  • Determination of Pests and Beneficial Species in Avocado Orchards in Antalya Province
ISSUE 60 – August-September 2020

The August-September 2020 issue of TFNet Newsfeed announces the “Virtual workshop series research on banana fusarium wilt” and reports on MARDI’s 2020 Crop Colloquium.

Other news highlights include:

  • STUDY: Orange peels used to extract valuable metals from spent batteries
  • INDIA: Mounting losses add to Kerala pineapple growers’ stress
  • HONDURAS: Rambutan producers get ready to implement new strategies
  • USA: New treatments closer for citrus disease

Research highlights include:

  • Activated carbon microspheres derived from hydrothermally treated mango seed shells for acetone vapor removal
  • Comparison of ultrasound assisted extraction and enzyme assisted extraction of betacyanin from red dragon fruit peel
ISSUE 59 – July 2020

The July 2020 issue of TFNet Newsfeed highlights the ISTF2019 Proceedings and more impacts of COVID-19 on the tropical fruit industry.

Other news highlights include:

  • AUSTRALIA: Feral pigs threatening banana and pork industries
  • KENYA: Couple turns to passion fruit farming to boost their income
  • INDIA: Papaya farmers excluded in procurement plan, suffer losses
  • JAPAN: Mangoes from Pakistan allowed for export

Research highlights include:

  • First Report of Fusarium verticilloides causing Banana Fruit Rot in Jordan
  • Effect of calcium treatment on the storability and disease resistance in pre‐harvest bagging mango fruit during room temperature storage
ISSUE 58 – May-June 2020

The May-June 2020 issue of TFNet Newsfeed includes a feature on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tropical fruit supply chain, demand, and consumption.

Other news highlights include:

  • PHILIPPINES: Zambales mango trade sours amid pandemic
  • CHINA: Thailand exports USD600 million of durians to China in Jan-April
  • STUDY: Scientists develop ‘hands off’ system for spotting perfectly ripe avocados
  • SOUTH KOREA: More bananas to be harvested this year because of climate change

Research highlights include:

  • Performance degradation model of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) using dye extracted from red dragon fruit’s flesh
  • Optimization of a virus-induced gene silencing system and functional elucidation of MaBAM9b in postharvest banana fruits
  • Valorization of pomelo (Citrus grandis Osbeck) peel: A review of current utilization, phytochemistry, bioactivities, and mechanisms of action
ISSUE 57 – April 2020

The April 2020 issue of TFNet Newsfeed features MARDI as a new TFNet member and a compilation of information on COVID-19 and tropical fruits.

Other news highlights include:

  • VIETNAM: Room for fruit exports to Singapore amid COVID-19
  • BRAZIL: Fruit not being flown off, still shipping by sea
  • AUSTRALIA: Avocado farmers call for brunch lovers to smash them at home during coronavirus isolation
  • MALAYSIA: Durian traders now selling eggs as sales plunge

Research highlights include:

  • Spectral analysis for the early detection of anthracnose in fruits of Sugar Mango (Mangifera indica)
  • Management of Verticillium Wilt of Avocado Using Tolerant Rootstocks
  • Farmer participation in the lychee value chain in Bac Giang province, Vietnam
ISSUE 56 – March 2020

The March 2020 issue of TFNet Newsfeed features a compilation of information on COVID-19 and tropical fruits.

Other news highlights include:

  • VIETNAM: Pink foods take root as COVID-19 hits dragon fruit exports to China
  • CAMEROON: Banana exports down by over 6,500 tons in Feb 2020
  • AUSTRALIA: Taiwan gets green light to export pineapples
  • SPAIN: Scientists manage to increase the yield of papaya crops in Europe

Research highlights include:

  • Molecular detection and first report of Cucumber mosaic virus infecting ‘Cavendish’ banana plants in Ethiopia
  • Re-framing post-harvest losses through a situated analysis of the pineapple value chain in Uganda
  • Capturing insects in guava orchard with soil trap
ISSUE 55 – February 2020

The February 2020 issue of TFNet Newsfeed features the teaser for the 2020 International Symposium on Tropical Fruits.

Other news highlights include:

  • USA: Can Disease-Sniffing Dogs Save the World’s Citrus?
  • PHILIPPINES: Banana group says coronavirus dampens exports to China
  • PERU: 10,000 tons of mango can’t be exported to China because of the coronavirus
  • USA: Avocado lace bug confirmed on Hawaii Island

Research highlights include:

  • Effect of fibre ratio and chemical treatment on the properties of pineapple leaf and betel nut husk fibre-reinforced hybrid polypropylene composites
  • Dataset of Cavendish banana transcriptome in response to chitosan coating application
  • First report of Corynespora cassiicola causing leaf spot on avocado (Persea americana) in China
ISSUE 54 – January 2020

The January 2020 issue of TFNet Newsfeed features the New Year Message from the Secretariat and a feature on Agriculture 4.0 for tropical fruits.

Other news highlights include:

  • AUSTRALIA: Farmer develops country’s first ever seedless lychees
  • MALAYSIA: Durian skin biocomposite for take-out containers and 3-D printing
  • INDONESIA: Chinese imports restrictions being reviewed over coronavirus concerns
  • TUNISIA: Profits shrivel for date farmers as the heat rises

Research highlights include:

  • Diagnosis and management of nutrient constraints in mango
  • Pulp, Leaf, Peel and Seed of Avocado Fruit: A Review of Bioactive Compounds and Healthy Benefits
  • Developing Plantain for Resistance to Banana Aphids by RNA Interference