Various things have gone completely bananas around here, to the extent that Der Spiegel called the UK the banana island, so a feature about the evolution and ecology of bananas appears to fit the zeitgeist. Starting from a recent genomes study, I also looked at the problems with pests and diseases, as well as the economic structures that gave bananas a bad name. Oh, and Jules Verne is in there too, as he made an important contribution to banana history.
The resulting feature is out today:
The trouble with bananas
Current Biology Volume 32, Issue 21, 7. November 2022, Pages R1201-R1203
NB: as the 2022 features move into the open archives, I will add them to this thread on Mastodon.
In the producing countries, like here in Indonesia, a wider variety of bananas are grown and consumed locally. (Photo: Taufan Prasetya/Pixabay.)