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Unformatted text preview: ing The largest collection of bananas in the world is located in Belgium, at the Catholic University of Leuven. Since cultivated bananas do not produce seeds, they are kept as plantlets in test tubes, fed a special diet and maintained under low light and low temperature to slow down their growth Preserving Identity Preserving Identity Although bananas are among the easiest plants to propagate vegetatively they need to be checked regularly as spontaneous mutations do occasionally occur. Deepfreezing the plantlets avoids
the need for culturing them. Scientists have managed to freeze Scientists have managed to freeze
banana plantlets and bring them back unharmed. Understanding Diversity Understanding Diversity
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