Colombia declares emergency, police and army against deadly fungus that could kill banana foreverChristian Fernsby ▼ | August 14, 2019
Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4) has been confirmed in Latin America, the world’s largest exporter of bananas.
LatAm Fusarium wilt tropical race 4
Topics: Colombia banana
Fusarium wilt was first spotted on on Cavendish cultivars in 1967, trace 1, in Taiwan, but became wider known since.
TR4 kills plants by disrupting their vascular system, preventing growth, and it can last for decades.
Fungicides don't kill it.
The disease has been reported in the La Guajira region of the country but they are expanding control efforts country-wide.
Efforts will include disinfecting machinery, shipping containers, and footwear in quarantined areas.
In a series of tweets, Deyanira Barrero Leon said the police and even the military had been drafted in to combat the spread of the disease, alongside experts from Australia, the Netherlands, Brazil and Mexico.
“We are responding with everything we’ve got,” she said. ■