Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Derbyshire banana threat shock
Derby Telegraph reports on fungal problems with the Cavendish banana, the western world's most popular banana developed in Derbyshire. No I didn't know that either.
A VARIETY of banana created in Derbyshire and eaten around the world is in danger of becoming extinct because of a deadly disease.
The Cavendish banana was first grown at Chatsworth House by gardener Joseph Paxton in 1835.
It is now thought to be the most popular variety in the western world, accounting for 95% of the bananas shipped to export markets, including the United Kingdom.
It is a trade worth £5.4 billion. But scientists have warned that it is under threat from Tropical Race 4 (TR4), a fungus which has already destroyed Cavendish crops in Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia.