Need to conserve available diversity of banana varieties

New Delhi, Feb 17 There is a need to conserve available genetic diversity of bananas varieties which are facing threat due to urbanisation and erosion of wild bananas in their natural habitat, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Saturday.

Musa wild species and its allied species form an important source for resistant genes for biotic and abiotic stresses, he said in his address at the National Banana Festival held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.