Facing down a future with no bananas. Chris Richmond October 24, 2016 With the familiar Cavendish banana in danger, can science help it survive? Ioannis Stergiopoulos, University of California, Davis; André Drenth, The University of Queensland, and Gert Kema, Wageningen University Every single Cavendish banana plant worldwide is genetically identical. This vast monoculture sets them up for disastrous disease outbreaks. But researchers have ideas on how to protect the crop.