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Research Says Bananas Might Not Be Around For Much Longer

December 03, 2015 2 min read

Bananas are a much-loved fruit among many. But, if you're a lover of them,  then you might be saddened by this recent news.

There is a fungus known as Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, or Panama disease that might be putting an end to the fruit altogether.

It has already destroyed them in Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia, and experts are now saying that it is just a "matter of time" before the disease hits Latin America, which is where most bananas are grown and exported to our supermarkets.

This downward spiral of bananas was plotted by researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands dating back to its origins in East Asia, when they found that a clone of the disease, known as Tropical Race 4, proved to be a specific threat to the Cavendish banana, which make up over 47 percent of global banana production and exports. This disease was discovered in Indonesia before it made its way to Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia.

This fungus might be killing off bananas for good.

When the disease hits, the plants of the fruit wilt due to their vascular system being hit, as well as a depletion of water being taken from the soil. The fungus, which doesn't seem to take to treatment, has already spread to Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Mozambique, and Queensland.

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This wilting banana disease was first reported in 1890 in Australia in the "Gros Michel" plantation crops of both Costa Rica and Panama, which is where it developed major epidemics that came about in the 1900s. The researchers call this "among the worst in agricultural history." In 1910,  the soil-borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (Foc) was found to be the cause in Cuba.

This fungus might be killing off bananas for good.

"TR4 may have affected up to approximately 100,000 hectares, and it is likely that it will disseminate further - either through infected plant material, contaminated soil, tools, or footwear, or due to flooding and inappropriate sanitation measures," the researchers explained. "Clearly, the current expansion of the Panama disease epidemic is particularly destructive due to the massive monoculture of susceptible Cavendish bananas."

Do you eat bananas regularly? How does this news affect you?

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