Matooke has been the subject for vitamin A biofortification.
Each food-based vitamin A programme carries different advantages and issues.
U.S. banana growers heavily influenced several Central American governments in the early 20th century.
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The US grows hardly any tropical fruit. So why are politicians and political commentators saying the country is at risk of devolving into a banana republic?
‘We’re all about you.’
How companies love to tell us all the great things they’re doing to help women.
Cavendish bananas may not be around for much longer.
Scientists are in a race to genetically engineer a new plant resistant to a devastating disease that is threatening to wipe out the banana.
With banana imports banned, one cyclone can send prices soaring.
Analysis suggests import restrictions on bananas in Australia are a classic rent‐seeking policy, leaving Australians to subsidise each grower by more than $250,000 a year.
Thomas Johnson’s illustration of his banana plant from The Herball Or Generall Historie of Plantes.
The story of Britain’s favourite tropical fruit (and how it came to dominate the world).
A banana on the salt lake plain at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, hints at themes of genetics, food and human journeys in three books recommended by fly scientist Thomas Merritt.
A fly scientist ponders the genetics of bananas and dwarves, women and love in reviews of his favourite fiction and non-fiction books.
Facing down a future with no bananas.
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.
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We need to break up the industry, not focus on creating a disease-resistant ‘superbanana’.
Bubble berries are very much the exception to modern fruit retail.
The bubble berries trialling in Waitrose supermarkets may taste of bubble gum, but they are not some clever 21st century genetic modification. These beautifully fragrant fruits, which are a variety of…
The completed sequence of the banana’s 11 chromosomes has global implications.
What’s not to love about bananas? Besides being a wildly popular dessert fruit, they are the staple food of millions of people in developing countries. The current edition of Nature carries a paper that…
The benefits of lifting the import ban on bananas outweigh the risks.
The ban on importing apples from New Zealand was lifted earlier this month, bringing to an end a restriction established in 1921. With this long history of protection from imports, it is not unexpected…