Yes, We Have No Bananas

Funny, that’s the first thing that popped into my head when I read this story about the crisis in banana cultivation.

Seems all bananas grown today are the same variety, the Cavendish. And the Cavendish is threatened by a nasty fungus. This is a danger because the modern banana is seedless and is reproduced asexual, limiting genetic diversity needed to combat this fungus. The kicker is the entire genetic diversity of bananas is limited because wild varieties are nearly extinct.

Yes, we have no bananas
We have no bananas today…

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  1. Thomas

    My brother wrote me about this, wondering if I was surprised that most of our monoculture food crops are hybrids and genetically identical. No, I knew that.

    Actually I was wondering about the types of bananas. Guam happens to sport a few different types of bananas that are grown for food, and they are certainly different from the bananas available in stores. Local bananas are much smaller and sweeter than store bought bananas. Does anybody know if these are different varieties?

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