Global banana crop under attack by fungal strain
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:50:48 GMT —
Bananas are considered one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but what if you went into your local grocery store, and the familiar yellow fruit was no longer available?
The fruit is under attack, as a fungus strain is attacking the most popular variety of banana; the Cavendish. The Cavendish is only one of nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas, but it is by far the most popular. The Cavendish accounts for 45 percent of the global crop of bananas.
The fungus strain, a version of the Panama disease, could pose a significant threat, specifically to U.S. supplies of Cavendish bananas, according to an article on CNBC.
Right now, the strain has been found in banana crops in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, but experts are worried that it could spread to Central and South America, where the U.S. gets its bananas.
The banana industry is responsible for $8.9 billion in trade each year.