Soil-Less Bananas was Discover by the Scientist.
African Bananas are one of the most world’s best common fruit according to experts; 100 billion of bananas are mostly consumed every year.
This specie is usually resistant but a new fungus has just surfaced that the attacks this variety and quickly spreads throughout this commercial crops.
Although the chemicals can help, the scientists has also discovered a way to solve this problem. The solution is to grow the plant without using soil.
The first set of a soil-less grown bananas is ready for harvest this week as part of the association between the Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Chiquita Brands International he said.
The fungus which dwells in the soil is affecting banana plantations all over the world.
This soil dwelling fungus wiped out the Gros Michel banana which was the most widely consumed in 50s hence making the Cavendish variety the most dominant.
The TR4 strain, which was identified in Taiwan in the 1960s, has spread throughout south-east Asia and Australia.
The industry’s main concern is that it will reach Latin America and wipe out the farms which provide three-quarters of the world’s banana exports.
The fungus spreads through soil movements due to activities of workers or machinery, among other things. This affects the roots of the banana trees, shriveling the fruit.
Growing bananas in a greenhouse on nutrients and rockwool, made from Basalt rock and chalk, will insulate the plants from disease, the article said.
Several efforts are also being carried out by private companies or research organizations to either eliminate the disease or cure it. Many of these efforts are focused on developing a disease-resistant variety.