Is it time to say ‘bye-bye’ to the banana?

25By Anastasia Poland

The Cavendish banana — the vitamin-packed yellow beauty found on grocery shelves in most of the Western world — could be going the way of the dodo during our lifetime, according to The Scientist. Researchers are worried about the Cavendish banana’s potential extinction, and for good reason.

Thought to be resistant to Panama disease Tropical Race 1, a pathogen that virtually wiped out its popular predecessor, the Gros Michels (“Big Mike”) banana in the 1950s, scientists now find that some Cavendish are falling prey to the original fungus, and even more are threatened by Panama disease Tropical Race 4, according to The Scientist… >> Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: MSN News, 24th June, 2013
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