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January 25th, 2016 / The Salt, US

thumb.aspxThere’s a deadly fungus that attacks banana plants. In the past century, an earlier version of this fungus wiped out commercial plantings of a banana variety called Gros Michel that once dominated the global banana trade. Now history may be repeating itself. A new version of the fungus, called Tropical Race 4, is killing off the Cavendish, the world’s favourite variety. Tropical Race 4 has marched across China and Southeast Asia, laying waste to banana plantations. It’s killing bananas in Australia, and cases have been reported in southern Africa. Read more