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#213180 - 05/31/06 12:30 PM New strain of fungus may hurt Belize banana prospects
Marty Offline
New strain of fungus may hurt Belize banana prospects

Friday, 26 May 2006

A new strain of fungus tied to the dreaded Panama Disease has been decimating Cavendish banana plantations in Asia- Indonesia, Taiwan and the southern provinces of China and Malaysia.

The new variant, known as TR 4, has not reached the main exporting countries in Africa or Latin America.

However, the disease is spreading quickly and experts believe it is only a matter of time before it reaches the Western Hemisphere.

Like the other banana producing countries, Belize produces Cavendish bananas, which were believed to be resistant to the Panama Disease.Recent developments in Asia have shown this is not so.

During the 1950s Europeans ate a different banana, the Gros Michel. But the Panama disease wiped out the Gros Michel plantations all over the world and the Cavendish banana took its place.

Although the Cavendish is now under attack and could disappear, experts have a bunch of alternative bananas they can introduce.

They may not have the same text and texture, but they will be very good bananas.

#213181 - 05/31/06 03:21 PM Re: New strain of fungus may hurt Belize banana prospects
Chris Offline
Marty, after your 48 Cambodian midget wrestlers vs. the lion post can we really believe anything you put on these boards anymore?

#213182 - 06/01/06 12:31 PM Re: New strain of fungus may hurt Belize banana prospects
Marty Offline
oh man i loved that story. real or not i seriously cracked up

i liked the last line in the above story
but they will be very good bananas

#213183 - 06/01/06 01:55 PM Re: New strain of fungus may hurt Belize banana prospects
LaurieMar Offline
Wonder what, and if, there is a "Panama disease". I am heading back down there this summer for vacation - now, I am on a mission to check it out.


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