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Try making your own! 11 Plant Diseases That Could Make Your Favorite Foods Disappear
You know people and animals get sick, but plants also get sick. Plant diseases threaten some of the world’s favorite food sources. Luckily, plant pathologists (plant doctors) stand between plant diseases and the world’s food supply.
1. Stem Rust of Wheat: Pasta and Bread
Bakeries would be a lot different without wheat. A new
strain of stem rust threatens global wheat production.
2. Late Blight: French Fries
3. Panama Disease: Bananas
Panama Disease has already wiped out a previous commercial variety of banana, and the newer widely grown banana variety is
under attack by Panama Disease.
4. Witches’ Broom and Frosty Pod: Chocolate
5. Citrus Greening: Orange Juice and Mojitos
Already found in Florida, citrus greening could devastate citrus production in the region. Citrus greening, also known as huanglongbing, is also contributing to a
lime shortage in Mexico.
6. Downy Mildew: Quinoa
Even ancient grains get plant diseases. When conditions are right, downy mildew can destroy entire crops of quinoa. The disease is so widespread, the quinoa downy mildew pathogen can be detected in
imported quinoa seeds.
8. Downy and Powdery Mildews: Wine and Beer
Grapes and hops are essential for making wine and beer. However, both crops are susceptible to both
downy and powdery mildews, which can doubly reduce production.
9. Aflatoxin: Peanut Butter
Can you imagine a world without peanut butter? Peanuts infected with a specific fungus have high levels of a cancer-causing toxin called
10. Laurel wilt: Guacamole
Avocado trees are highly susceptible to a disease called
laurel wilt. Without avocados and limes (due to citrus greening), chips and guac will be no more.
11. Cadang-Cadang: Coconut milk
Cadang-cadang is a disease that has already killed many coconut trees. Without coconuts and coconut milk, Thai curries just wouldn't be the same. BuzzFeed Daily
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