Bananas on the brink? Fruit faces extinction risk

Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again

Bananas on the brink? Fruit faces extinction risk
Bananas on the brink? Fruit faces extinction risk

Scientists are racing to save bananas from a tropical disease that is threatening crops across the world.

If it makes its way to South America – the biggest supplier of a type of commercially grown banana known as Cavendish – scientists fear it could spell the end for the tasty fruit.

The Madagascan banana, an inedible fruit with large seeds in the middle of it, is somehow immune to the deadly plant disease.

FLORIDA BEACH LITTERED WITH ‘HUNDREDS’ OF DEAD FISH, MARINE LIFE. “It doesn’t have Panama disease in it, so perhaps it has genetic traits against the disease,” Richard Allen, senior conservation assessor at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in the U.K. told the BBC. “We don’t know until we actually do research on the banana itself, but we can’t do the research until it’s saved.”

Hélène Ralimanana, team manager at the Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre, told the news station that it’s critical to research the makeup of the Madagascan banana to figure out what genes protect it from Panama disease, which shows no signs of slowing down.

‘SONAR ANOMALY’ DISCOVERED OFF NORTH CAROLINA COAST, FASCINATING SCIENTISTS. “It is very important to conserve the wild banana because it has large seeds which can offer an opportunity to find a gene to improve the cultivated banana,” she told the BBC. For now, you will likely still see bananas at your local grocery store.

If disease spreads before researchers successfully cross-breed the fruit, then the popular Cavendish banana may be hard to find – and eventually, the fruit could disappear altogether.


Wild banana on the brink of extinction

Wild banana on the brink of extinction

Scientists say the plant needs to be conserved, as it may hold the secret to keeping bananas safe for the future.

Most bananas consumed around the world are of a type known as the Cavendish, which is vulnerable to a plant pest.

What’s the problem? I can still buy bananas in the shops.

The song, “Yes! We Have No Bananas,” is said to have been inspired by a shortage of Gros Michel bananas, which began with an outbreak of the fungus behind Panama disease.

Gros Michel bananas were replaced by Cavendish bananas, which are named after William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire, who lived at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

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Wild banana on the brink of extinction

Wild banana on the brink of extinction

A wild banana that may hold the key to protecting the world’s edible banana crop has been put on the extinction list.

The race is on to develop new banana varieties that are both tasty to eat and resilient enough to survive attack from Panama disease.

Kew scientists searched for the banana plant in Madagascar and found it was almost extinct in the wild.

“It is very important to conserve the wild banana because it has large seeds which can offer an opportunity to find a gene to improve the cultivated banana,” she said.

If the wild banana can be protected, there will be opportunities to collect the seeds and look at the plant’s genetic make-up.

The Madagascan banana produces seeds within the fruit, which means it is not palatable to eat.

Cross-breeding could lead to a new type of banana that would be both edible and resilient.

Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again

Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again

Scientists say the plant needs to be conserved, as it may hold the secret to keeping bananas safe for the future.

Most bananas consumed around the world are of a type known as the Cavendish, which is vulnerable to a plant pest.

Bananas are clones – which means they are all the same.

What’s the problem? I can still buy bananas in the shops.

The song, “Yes! We Have No Bananas,” is said to have been inspired by a shortage of Gros Michel bananas, which began with an outbreak of the fungus behind Panama disease.

Gros Michel bananas were replaced by Cavendish bananas, which are named after William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire, who lived at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

Bananas have been grown at Chatsworth since 1830 when head gardener Joseph Paxton propagated a specimen imported from Mauritius.

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