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

Comments: Post a Comment



Links to this post:

Create a Link



<< Home

Archives

June 2004   July 2004   August 2004   September 2004   October 2004   November 2004   December 2004   January 2005   February 2005   March 2005   April 2005   May 2005   June 2005   July 2005   August 2005   September 2005   October 2005   November 2005   December 2005   January 2006   February 2006   March 2006   April 2006   May 2006   June 2006   July 2006   August 2006   September 2006   October 2006   November 2006   December 2006   January 2007   February 2007   March 2007   April 2007   May 2007   June 2007   July 2007  

syndicate [atom]

preBlog archives

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?