Not good news if you like bananas

Banana diseases hit African crops:
[Via BBC News | Science/Nature | World Edition]

Two banana diseases have hit crops in Africa, putting supplies of the staple food at risk, experts tell the BBC.

Crops are being damaged from Angola through to Uganda – including many areas where bananas are a staple food.

Experts are urging farmers to use pesticides or change to a resistant variety of banana where possible.

Scientists have been meeting in Tanzania to decide how to tackle the diseases, which are spread by insects.


When things like this are spread by insects usually the only thing to do is massive amounts of pesticides. But these often only work for a while until pesticide-resistant varieties of insects develop. Hard to know just what will happen but it might be harder to find bananas in a few years.

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