Fungal Disease could Wipe Out Bananas

The University of California, Davis and in the Netherlands found that three fungal diseases have evolved into a lethal threat to bananas.

“We have demonstrated that two of the three most serious banana fungal diseases have become more virulent by increasing their ability to manipulate the banana’s metabolic pathways and make use of its nutrients,” said UC Davis plant pathologist Ioannis Stergiopoulos, who led the effort to sequence two of the fungal genomes.

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