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i have banana trees and they keep spreadinding out,new ones pop up.i have to dig them out or they will take over the yard.

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The banana can now only continue with human help. Since the domesticated banana plant now works by asexual reproduction, people have to help it produce more seeds. Wild bananas originally had larger seeds, but since people produced it to have smaller seeds so it would be better for consumption, it now has smaller seeds. Those smaller seeds make it harder for the banana plant to reproduce itself.<br />
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Bananas are also the largest of the herbaceous plants. As an aside, one huge problem for bananas is Panama disease. This disease is a fungus that gets into banana plants and kills them. It killed off one particular variety called Gros Michel by 1960, so commercial bananas had to be replaced by the Cavendish variety. Since Panama disease is now attacking Cavendish bananas as well, researchers have to create a more disease-resistant variety of banana. Bananas of the same variety are genetically identical and they can’t evolve without human help, so the research is needed.<br />
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and as you can see there isnt a specific gender it can be male or female that can help the banana reproduce

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Fact - The banana tree was selectively bred by humans.

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False! Bananas do not propagate by seeds. The plant puts out runners which develop into new plants, which produce fruit without intervention. No human involvement is necessary!

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False - the banana tree grows wild naturally

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Virtually all bananas traded internationally are of a single variety, the Cavendish. Three years ago, New Scientist revealed that the world Cavendish crop was threatened by pandemics of diseases such as that caused by the black sigatoka fungus. The main hope for survival of the Cavendish lies in developing new hybrids resistant to the fungus, but this is a difficult and time-consuming task because the seedless modern fruit does not reproduce sexually and has to be bred from cuttings.
Now the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that wild banana species are rapidly going extinct

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This is in relation to cultivated plants - hence it is side stepping the original question - which had no mention of the specific breed... Hence the FACT stated remains false

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Source?

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Wiki it - and have some fried plantains while you do

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Plantains ------a tropical plant, Musa paradisiaca, of the banana family, "resembling the banana"....... Guess wiki does not think it "is" a banana. So again....source?

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