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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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Banana production at sitio Barreiras Fruticultura, Brazil

brazil_mozBy Jeff Daniells
Lady Fingers are big business at one Brazilian plantation where the record bunch size is an impressive 86 kg and tonnages per ha are high there`s on-farm compost production and fruit is transported in reusable plastic crates to company-owned markets where it sells for a $.40 a kg.

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The banana (Musa acuminata) genome and the evolution of monocotyledonous plants

Angélique D’Hont et al.
Nature – Bananas (Musa spp.), including dessert and cooking types, are giant perennial monocotyledonous herbs of the order Zingiberales, a sister group to the well-studied Poales, which include cereals. Bananas are vital for food security in many tropical and subtropical countries and the most popular fruit in industrialized countries. The Musa domestication process started some 7,000 years ago in Southeast Asia. It involved hybridizations between diverse species and subspecies, fostered by human migrations2, and selection of diploid and triploid seedless, parthenocarpic hybrids thereafter widely dispersed by vegetative propagation. Half of the current production relies on somaclones derived from a single triploid genotype (Cavendish)… >>Keep reading<<
 
Source and Photo: Nature, May 18th, 2012
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The banana genome has been sequenced

Banana has revealed the secrets of its 520 million bases. Two French research organizations, CIRAD and CEA-Genoscope, with funding from the National Research Agency (ANR), have just finished, in two years, sequencing the species Musa acuminata which is a component in every edible variety (dessert and cooking bananas). This work is a huge step towards understanding the genetics of and improving banana varieties, and was done within the framework of the Global Musa Genomics Consortium… >>Read More<<

Source and Photo: African Seed Network
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