Ultimately the plants wither out and die and the worst news is that this issue seems to be unsolvable. The infection mainly affects Cavendish Bananas, mainly due to its monoculture, which are almost half the world’s Banana production and the fungus has been identified to be a clone of a Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR 4).
The current scenario is reminiscent of a crisis that look place in the 1800s when plantations in Australia were affected with a similar fungal infection and then subsequently the “Gros Michel” Bananas in Costa Rica & Panama were affected.
This was termed as of the worst agricultural disasters in history. Following this in the 1900s the Panama disease originated in parts of Cuba and this called for improvements in disease management research in agriculture.