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Name: Tim V.
Status: student
Age: 20s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 7/24/2003


Question:
I have heard rumors/stories about the extinction of the edible banana and I was wondering if this was true. If the reports about the extinction of bananas is true, is there any way for you to provide me a source for backing this information up with scientific documents?


Replies:
I have also read about this. It turns out that the variety of banana that most of us eat in this country is cloned. They are basically genetically identical to each other. Unfortunately, there have been some blights that have affected the crop recently, and with no genetic diversity in the population, what affects one, affects them all. The article I read was advising banana lovers to try other types of bananas. I would be very sad if this happened as I am a banana lover. But this is a good lesson in the importance of maintaining diversity in a population.

Van Hoeck


The following is what you are looking for:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2664373.stm

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_740024.html?menu=

http://www.edwardwillett.com/Columns/bananas.htm

Anthony Brach, Ph.D



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