Save The Banana?

0BD09DF2-EBFD-47E2-84FE-E0B15B318E4FThe Hawai`ian Apple Banana is an often overlook variety from the Pacific, for example. Not all bananas come from Panama, like the Sterile Cavendish.


From LinkedIn Daily Update, we read…

“Bananas need a hero, fast: Scientists are racing to save bananas before a new strain of Panama disease, the infection that almost decimated the fruit in the 1950s, wipes the $44 billion industry out. One possible solution? Nematode worms. Genes from nematodes have a special talent: They can block cells from destroying themselves. Transplanting nematode genes into bananas could block Panama disease’s fungus from forcing the plant’s cells to self-destruct. But such a solution would require global consumers to embrace genetically modified food.”

Most of this seems untrue…Here from Snopes, among others!

Bananas stand in greater peril from disease and insect damage than the majority of other fruits because they are sterile, seedless mutants.

“New plants are created from cuttings of existing ones, making them little more than clones of one another. Without the natural diversity resulting from sexual reproduction, bananas continue on, generation after generation with the same genetic makeup. Their inability to mutate and adapt leaves them vulnerable to species-wide disaster, because what fells one of them will prove the undoing of every plant within that particular variety.

“In the 1960s the Gros Michel, then a hugely popular variety of banana, was wiped out by another strain of Panama Disease.  The loss of the Gros Michel promoted the Cavendish into the #1 spot.

“Origins:   Once again, the ecological doomsday bell has been set to tolling, this time by folks fearful of the imminent demise of our favorite fruit, the banana. In January 2003, a report in New Scientist suggested bananas could well disappear within ten years thanks to two blights: black Sigatoka, a leaf fungus, and Panama Disease, a soil fungus which attacks the roots of the plant.

“Bananas aren’t about to be swept from the face of the earth by a deadly pestilence poised to wipe them out (and more than ten years has elapsed since that original report, yet bananas are still with us). There are several hundred different varieties of the fruit, and the reported fear applies to only one of them, the Cavendish. Granted, the Cavendish is our banana of choice and accounts for the overwhelming preponderance of banana exports and purchases, but it isn’t the only banana out there.  Even if the Cavendish were lost to us, we would still not be singing “Yes, We Have No Bananas.”

One thing we can count on under our Entrepreneurial System, there is someone, somewhere, somehow who wants to be the TOP BANANA 😉


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