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Deadly Fungus Disrupts Banana's Global Distribution, Says Report

Global banana stocks may be under threat from a soil-borne fungus, according to a recent CNN report.
Global banana stocks may be under threat from a soil-borne fungus, according to a recent CNN report. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Everyone's favorite on-the-go fruit may be in grave danger, according to a report by CNN. Investigators have discovered a deadly fungus plaguing banana crops in Africa, threatening to disrupt the fruit's global distribution.

According to the report, global banana crops were virtually wiped out in 1965 due to a Panama-based epidemic that destroyed crops across several continents. Scientists and planters ultimately abandoned the growth of this pre-1965 banana, known as Gros Michel, in favor the disease-resistant, but inferior, Cavendish crop.

Today, the Cavendish is a staple of most people's diets, but is under threat from a deadly fungal assailant, the CNN report said. Cavendish destruction has slowly spread across Asia and Australia, and is responsible for large crop loss on African plantations, according to the CNN.

To read more about the mysterious plague threatening bananas word wide, click here .

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