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The Most Popular Eating Banana Might Soon Go Extinct
The Cavendish banana is succumbing to a disease that wiped out its predecessor
Ahhh! Fortunately, we have been down this road before:
A fungus is wiping out banana plantations.
The fungus, something called a Fusarium wilt, has hit Asia and Africa and has now reached Australia’s banana-growing regions, Phoebe Sedgman reports for BloombergBusiness (H/T Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing). The banana industry is worried, mostly because they have no other alternatives. This is a problem of the industry’s own making. And they had a similar issue before.
The banana most commonly encountered outside of the regions where bananas are native is the Cavendish, a large, yellow, hardy — and some say — bland banana. It replaced the Gros Michel, which fell from its top-banana spot on the global market due after plantations were decimated by the same fungal pathogen in the 1950s.