Benoit Dhed'a Djailo (54), Professor of the Faculty of Sciences at Kisangani University, stands amongst the university's banana collection, in Kisangani. The collection was started in 1995 by Professor Benoit Dhed'a Djailo and contains 65 plantain varieties. Prof Dhed'a was one of the first native African proteges of the renowned banana scholar and father of the Yangambi collection, Edmond De Langhe. He subsequently trained in Belgium and is today Congo's foremost banana expert. He has collected bananas throughout Congo for 20 years and heads the project to preserve and revitalise banana collection and research at Yangambi.