What if I were to tell you that the end is near for bananas. Yes, you heard right. The latest research has shown that there is a fungus destroying our beloved bananas. The fungus is called TR4 and can easily lead the bananas to extinction. The Cavendish is the most consumed banana and is the most affected. What is it? It's originally from Panama but seemed to have hitched a ride with our fruity friends. The Panama disease is found in the soil and can travel around, meaning it is contagious to other plants. Great thing this is not dangerous towards humans so we can control it with fungicides. The fungus has yet to travel to America but it has traveled to Central and South America and is making its way towards Costa Rica.
Did you know that the Cavendish banana is the most eaten banana? That people pick it over an apple or orange many times? There are around 1,000 different types of bananas but the Cavendish which is about 45 percent of the fruits crop is going downhill. Not only is that the problem but the fungus has spread throughout this specific crop, leaving a gigantic indent of 95 percent that are now effected with the TR4.
The interesting factor is that a man named Phoetz came down to a conclusion of developing a new breed of the fruits that makes them immune from the TR4. I will admit that this may be a better solution but the fact that it’s gonna take years to perfect may devastate other places. I guess we are stuck using fungicides and destroying many affected crops. The TR4 is the terminator of our crops and has targeted the one and only, bananas. A quick bit of advice would be to check your crops, preferably bananas constantly so you can get rid of the problem ahead of time.