Queensland scientists tackle global banana disease threat

9 Feb 2016

Queensland scientists are tackling one of the world’s worst threats to banana crops – “bunchy top disease” - with help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. John Thomas tackling the global banana disease threat

Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson said Queensland research could help the rest of the world, aided by a $US5.7 million donation from the philanthropists.

“This new project will strengthen our ability to control and eradicate the disease in Australia and globally and I would like to thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for helping us with that goal,” the Minister said.

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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.