Enzyme test­ing for bananas

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - BY GILFORD A. DOQUILA / Re­porter

To pre­vent wide­spread of Panama disease among ba­nana plan­ta­tions, early de­tec­tion on grow­ing ba­nana through enzyme test­ing is rec­om­mended, a lab­o­ra­tory rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

An­saldo Agri­cul­tural Ven­tures In­cor­po­rated ad­min­is­tra­tion staff Daryl John Og­dol said through Enzyme-Linked Im­munosor­bent As­say (ELISA) test, early de­tec­tion of pos­si­ble dis­eases can al­ready be seen while the bananas are not yet planted.

“Sa amin para ma-en­sure rin na ma­g­a­nda ang seedlings gu­ma­gawa rin kami ng ELISA. Kung saan tinitest yung source nam­ing kung disease-free ba siya o hindi be­fore mabenta sa mga farm­ers (For us to en­sure that the seedlings are good, we also con­duct ELISA test. This is where we test our source if it is disease-free or not),” Og­dol said in an in­ter­view dur­ing the Ba­nana Congress Ex­po­si­tion at SMX, SM Lanang, Davao City.

Og­dol added they con­duct the ELISA test in part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Los Baños.

An­saldo lab­o­ra­to­ries pro­duce around 800,000 meris­tems of ba­nana plants in a year and ex­ports at around 40,000 in a month to Viet­nam, as one of their ma­jor mar­kets. Presently, they are eye­ing to have Laos as part of the ros­ter of their ex­port mar­ket.

“Yung ad­van­tage rin kase sa pagkuha mula sa mga ba­nana tis­sue cul­tured lab­o­ra­to­ries com­pared sa con­ven­tional na pag­tanim ay mas shorter ang process ng plant­ing to har­vest (The ad­van­tage of get­ting from ba­nana tis­sue cul­tured lab­o­ra­to­ries com­pared from con­ven­tional plant­ing is that the process from plant­ing to har­vest be­comes shorter),” Og­dol said.

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