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Banana_extinction - "Just How Far are Bananas from...

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"Just How Far are Bananas from Extinction?" News Release International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBP) Montpeiller, France January 21, 2003 INIBAP, Montpellier, 21 January 2003 The world s most popular fruit and a basic staple food for hundreds of millions of people in the developing world the banana is under severe threat from virulent pests and diseases. An article in the 16 January edition of the New Scientist magazine has warned of the risk of shoppers finding the shelves empty when they go to buy their weekly bunch. Articles and broadcasts from around the world have followed with alarming and sometimes exaggerated stories of extinction. While this helps to raise awareness of the importance of bananas in the world and the threats faced by banana farmers, it is important not to lose sight of the facts and to point to the positive progress that researchers are making to address these challenges. The New Scientist article focused on concerns over the spread of a new form of Panama disease (Fusarium wilt) - known as race 4 -
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