Bananas are one among those favourite and most healthy fruits. We not just eat them directly but use them blended in our smoothies, sliced up in our cereal bowls, baked in banana bread and cooked sweetly in our favourite desserts. We need not mention that they’re a nutrition powerhouse with high levels of potassium and vitamin B6. But it turns out we might need to stock up as our favourite yellow fruit might be in serious danger of going extinct.
Bananas facing potential extinction
A new study now finds that bananas are facing potential extinction. Researchers have cautioned about the imminent danger faced by the fruit, as a deadly tropical disease sweeps across banana crops worldwide. Scientists believe that saving them is crucial to saving the existence of bananas worldwide.
What is the Panama disease
A tropical fungus that causes Panama disease could wipe out the “Cavendish” the most popular variety of banana very soon. According to a BBC report a wild crop of bananas in Madagascar that could help diversify the fruit’s gene pool and protect the Cavendish was just put on the extinction list.
Cross Breeding can save it from extinction
Cavendish is the type of banana that’s most commonly consumed. The Madagascan banana produces seeds, rendering it inedible, but researchers at the Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre say it could be cross-bred to create a new kind of banana that’s both tasty and resilient. In other words, the key to saving the fruit is expanding its genes.
Other fruits that are susceptible to pandemics
Banana panic has been ongoing for a few years, there are several reports that claim that bananas will be extinct within a decade. However, threats to the Cavendish banana are very real, and it’s not the only crop that’s vulnerable. The world’s most popular wine grapes are also susceptible to pandemics for similar reasons. Scientists are now crossbreeding different varieties of grapes much like efforts to save the banana in an effort to keep the wine industry running.