Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Gene bank crisis

A couple of recent articles in the New Scientist discuss the crisis of gene banks for specific crops, like bananas and corn. While corn has long been in the spotlight in genetic discussions, the threat to the global banana supply has been much more under the radar. According to this article, the common banana is of the Cavendish variety, originating in India. Due to a pandemic of a banana killing fungus, the destruction of the Indian habitat of wild varieties and the fact that these bananas have to be bred from cuttings since their seedless, bananas are under threat.

posted by ryan griffis  # 7:44 PM

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