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Re: bananas... are they on the way out?

Donna wrote:
Hey Jim and other southern warm weathered usually gardeners... this came
thru on a different list, wondering how true it is?
What they're referring to is a fungus called Black Sigatoka,
which is supposed to be currently decimating banana plantations
in the Brazilian amazon and West Africa. Google on +Black +Sigatoka
to find out more than you want to know.
I think the problem with bananas is that the commercial ones are
sterile (likely triploid <- tetraploid x diploid) and so the tiny
black thingies are sterile wannabe seeds. Those bananas which set seed
are close to inedible (Jim ?) due to the multiplicity of seeds.
Jim Fisher
Vienna, Virginia USA
38.9 N 77.2 W
USDA Zone 7
Max. 105 F [37 C], Min. 0 F [-17 C]

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