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Putting news on bananas in context

Blue bananas

Anne Vézina Sunday, 01 March 2009
blue banana
A study found that ripening bananas appear bright blue under UV light as a result of chlorophyll breakdown in banana peels.
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A Gros Michel success story

Anne Vézina Saturday, 01 November 2008
Gros Michel bananas growing at the Luki Biosphere Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Once the mainstay of the export trade until Fusarium wilt made its cultivation in large-scale plantations impossible, Gros Michel has found a niche in Congolese man-made forests near the border with Angola.
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Assessing the impact of improved varieties of banana in East Africa

Anne Vézina Sunday, 02 December 2007
Cover of the International Food Policy report
A new report from the International Food Policy Research Institute highlights the findings from a set of studies to assess the economic impact of improved banana cultivars and management practices.
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