Banana Pests and Disease
I read an article on how the Cavendish Banana is under severe
threat by the Panama disease, Black sigatoka and pests. My question is what is Panama
disease and black sigatoka and how does it directly effect the production of this
particular type of banana? Also, what type of "pests" threaten the reproduction of
I did a quick search on banana diseases and pests and found the following sites to be
the most comprehensive:
From what I was able to gather there is concern about the lack of biodiversity in
commercial banana plants world wide. Some feel that this is a setup for a disaster. I
could not find any references that said the disaster had started -- rather concern
that if wiser breeding of bananas is not begun immediately this important food crop
could be wiped out.
and you could search www.google.com for "banana diseases pests production"
Anthony Brach Ph.D
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Update: June 2012