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Old 10-10-2011, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Panama Disease ID

I had a Goldfinger banana that was exhibiting signs of Panama Disease (premature yellowing of leaves and subsequent decay), so I chopped it down and took a picture.
Although the picture does show two small black areas, I'm not sure that it exhibits the characteristic signs of Fusarium Wilt. Regardless, I think I will remove the clump, as I don't want this potentially affecting the rest of my bananas.
What is the best way to get rid of a clump of infected bananas? I've read about burning the rhizome, although I'm not sure that is practical, as it's pretty close to my house.
I do find it odd (if it is Panama Disease) since Goldfinger is supposed to be one of the varieties most resistant to the disease. Thanks for taking a look.

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