Abstract— Southern of Minas state, is a important producer of banana, especially the cultivars Prata-Anã, Nanicão and Maçã. These cultivars present low productivity, great plant height and are susceptible to major banana diseases. The objective of this study was to evaluate the vegetative and productive behavior of banana cultivars as Prata, Nanicão and Maçã, in Lavras, MG, Brazil to select those with the best features, of bunch and fruit size, lower production cycle and disease resistance in high land conditions. Were evaluated the following materials: type: ‘Prata’: ‘Prata-Anã’ (control), ‘BRS Maravilha’, ‘BRS Vitoria’, PA 94-01; type ‘Nanicão’: ‘Grande Naine’ (control) and FHIA 17 and type ‘Maçã’: ‘Maçã’ (control) and YB 42-03. The experiment was conducted in a completely randomized block design with three replications and 16 plants per plot. Regarding the type ‘Prata-Anã’, ‘BRS Maravilha’ and PA 94-01 are recommended by their greater productivity, plant height, production cycle, flavor and fruit appearance in relation to cv ‘Prata-Anã’ traditionally grown in region. PV 94-01 and ‘Vitoria’, despite the greats plant height, are recommended due to the greater productivity. The YB 42-03 genotype is an alternative to ‘Maçã’ because it is similar to productivity, size and production cycle.
Keywords— Musa, Banana, Production cycle, Yield.
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