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        NOVA Next | Can the Banana Be Saved?

        Learn how the genetic diversity of wild bananas could help scientists breed new varieties that are more resistant to disease, in this article from NOVA Next. The world’s most popular fruit, the Cavendish banana, lacks genetic diversity because it is seedless and reproduces asexually. This makes the majority of the world's banana crops vulnerable to disease and changing climate conditions. An effort has begun to collect seeds in international seed banks to conserve agricultural biodiversity. However, some countries are choosing not to share their seeds for a variety of reasons, including lack of capacity and concerns about Western companies profiting from their seeds without benefits in return. In addition, breeding programs are costly, time-consuming, and currently underfunded. Governments, companies, and researchers are working to develop equitable collaborations to conserve genetic material and protect the future of bananas and other crops. This resource is part of the NOVA Next Collection.


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