Bananas face a global extinction in a little as five years

The beloved banana could soon be a thing of the past if scientists are unable to devise a defence for a new fungal threat to the popular fruit.Researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis, and in the Netherlands warn that the world’s bananas could be extinct in five to 10 years after they discovered a new “lethal threat”.UC Davis pathologist Ioannis Stergiopoulos told UC, Davis the fast-evolving disease compound, known as the Sigatoka complex is made up of three fungal diseases – yellow Sigatoka, eumusae leaf spot and black Sigatoka.Bananas are one of the world’s top five staple foods with about 100 million tons of the fruit produced each year in almost 120 countries.

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