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October 19th, 2015 / Food World News

thumb.aspxUntil 1965, the Gros Michel banana cultivar was the world’s most popular, but it became commercially extinct because of the virulent Panama disease. Today’s most popular commercial banana, the Cavendish, was quickly adopted worldwide due to its immunity to Panama disease, but its lack of genetic diversity makes it vulnerable to a new strain of Panama disease, Tropical Race 4, as makes its way around the globe – in 2013 becoming a growing threat in Africa. Read more