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December 14th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

thumb.aspxThe new strain of Panama Disease, known as Tropical Race 4, has already spread from Southeast Asia across the rest of the continent, as well as to Africa, the Middle East and Australia. Whenever it makes what researchers say is an inevitable jump to Latin America, it will devastate commercial banana production. Banana growers have no way to prevent the oncoming disaster… That means that if we want to keep eating bananas – and supporting populations for whom it serves as a staple or cash crop – we may need a more creative solution. Potentially, that solution could be to develop GMO banana varieties resistant to the disease. Read more