Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bananas can no longer reproduce on their own! 

It’s odd to think that if humans were to suddenly disappear from the Earth, so would bananas. Why? The answer is actually quite simple: bananas are the result of man made engineering and tampering with nature. 

New bananas are grown basically by cloning, similar to that of a rosebush, making every single banana an exact genetic copy of each other! The only reason the banana has survived for so long is due to continued breeding done by humans. 

Bananas are a hybrid of two different plants, one being the South Asian Musa acuminate and the other being the Musa balbisiana. Thousands of years ago these two plants had a strange genetic offspring from cross pollination, which was the sterile banana plant. 

Because both of the other plants are virtually unpalatable, ancient peoples began to cultivate or “clone” the sterile banana plant, which would eventually become one of the most popular fruits in the world!