The Beginning of the End for Bananas? | The Scientist
A fungal pathogen is wiping out the worlds banana crops. Should we worry?
This has happened before. A different variety of banana was mostly wiped out by the same fungus years ago and we had the same dire warnings that the pleasure of eating tasty bananas would only be a memory.
The researchers are saying, "yeah, but this time it's for real". Might be, but for now we can still buy bananas, and before the banana dooms day prediction of no banana's by 2015, the problem may be averted by growing a new strain of bananas, eradicating the fungus, or the prediction simply not coming true.