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June 10, 2003

Bananas not headed for extinction

David so often corrects me with citations from that I am really glad to get the chance to scoop him on the debunking of an alarming story he mentioned last month. David (and plenty of less reputable news sources) reported that the worldwide banana population was under threat from aggressive pathogens. As cultivated bananas have been assiduously bred from a small stock, they are essentially a monoculture and thus very vulnerable to massive blights. Luckily, the experts have allayed my fears of a bananapocalypse. And they write great headlines too. Now, if someone more botanically wise can educate me: what's a "banana sucker?"

Posted by jay at June 10, 2003 12:36 PM | TrackBack
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