Re: Drivin' me bananas (strip ofJanuary 22) (Score: 1)
posted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 11:26 PM (#46669
Yeah, the "dessert" banana (aka the Cavendish banana) most people are familiar with is so carefully selected that it has no genetic diversity.
In fact, the Cavendish is a second rate banana that was brought in after the Gros Michel was blighted out of cultivation by a fungus... because it also didn't have any genetic diversity. They're saying that the Cavendish will probably also go the same way in the next 10-20 years. At which point, we'll be eating a 3rd rate banana.