Bananas not diseased, just stressed

Bananas in an Atherton Tableland plantation were mostly likely suffering a stress-related disorder, not a disease as originally thought, experts say.

Boisecurity has lifted the quarantine on the bananas from Queensland’s north after ruling out Panama Disease, ABC Rural reports.

The propertyhas been quarantined since September following reports from the owner that the bananas were showing symptoms resembling Panama Disease Tropical Race 4.

But now, general manager for Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity Dr Rex Williams tells the ABC, the latest test results confirmed banana plants were likely suffering a stress-related disorder and not diseased.

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