An outstanding scientific contribution. This amazing piece of work is also an incredible piece of art. The authors have to be congratulated for putting together such a comprehensive, detailed and in-depth description and analysis of the bananas and plantainsí genetics, morphological variation, traditional and modern uses as well as practical recommendations for proper cultivation, maintenance and care of the plants. ... it deals with one of the most exciting human adventures (the distribution of plants across the Pacific)... and also contributes to our scientific knowledge on one of the most important group of plants ... essential for World food security. Dr. Vincent Lebot, Principal Horticulturist, CIRAD, Vanuatu