"Bananas Are Disappearing"..... There’s a race going on – and if we lose it, we’ll also lose our bananas. Panama Disease, an incurable fusarium blight that has roared through Asian banana plantations and is poised to strike across the ocean to Latin America. Researchers are looking at genes from an Indonesian wild banana that is resistant to PD To get the genes into commercial bananas, the genes are first implanted in a type of bacteria that is used to infect banana plants.
The cultivars Dwarf Cavendish and Grand Nain (Chiquita Banana) gained popularity in the 1950s after the previous mass-produced cultivar, Gros Michel, became commercially unviable due to Panama disease, a fungus which attacks the roots of the banana plant.
The world’s favorite fruit is slowly but surely being driven to extinction