Banana disease boosted by climate change

Study also notes accelerating loss of species on a global. scale

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Black Sigatoka disease in banana trees.

CLIMATE CHANGE has raised the risk of a fungal disease that ravages banana crops, new research shows. Black Sigatoka disease emerged from Asia in the late 20th Century and has recently completed its invasion of banana-growing areas in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The new study, by the University of Exeter, says changes to moisture and temperature conditions have increased the risk of Black Sigatoka by more than 44% in these areas since the 1960s.