A fruit which we take so much for granted but which is a staple to many countries’ economies. There is speculation that climate change is to blame for producing conditions in which fungal infections and insect plagues can flourish.
Alarm is spreading
as a dreaded fungal infestation
threads through banana farming nations.
15th December 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Scientists ‘incredibly concerned’ for fate of banana as plagues and fungus infections spread across world’s supplies.” The world’s supply of bananas is under threat from plagues of bugs and fungal infections which could be disastrous if they continue to spread, researchers say. The government in Costa Rica, one of the biggest suppliers of the fruit, has already declared a “national emergency” over the state of its crop. The country’s half-a-billion-dollar banana export industry has been hit by two separate plagues of mealybugs and scale insects, with up to 20 per cent of its produce written off. Meanwhile, a Scientific American report also warned of a variant of banana-eating fungus which is currently threatening key plantations around the world.
- Banana Fungus, Insect Outbreak Threaten Global Supply (huffingtonpost.com)
- Banana Emergency Strikes Costa Rica (thinkprogress.org)
- Get your fill of bananas now; they’re about to get destroyed by fungus (nackpets.wordpress.com)
- Get your fill of bananas now; they’re about to get destroyed by fungus (grist.org)
- Scientists ‘incredibly concerned’ for fate of banana (nzherald.co.nz)