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A race to save bananas from extinction: Wageningen and KeyGene join fight against Panama disease

A race to save bananas from extinction

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[08 September, Food Navigator]

Dutch university Wageningen and plant research company KeyGene are working together to protect Cavendish bananas from the risk of extinction due to pests and diseases. Representing around half of the total agricultural area across Africa, banana crop cultivates USD$4.3 billion yearly value for the region, according to International research project Accelerated Breeding of Better Bananas, which also estimates that banana crops are achieving only 9% of its potential yield due to spoilage caused by pests including nematode and diseases such as Fusarium Wilt. 

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