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    DescriptionRead Dan Koeppel's posts on the Penguin Blog. A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world's most humble fruit To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated. Rich cultural lore surrounds the fruit: In ancient translations of the Bible, the "apple" consumed by Eve is actually a banana (it makes sense, doesn't it?). Entire Central American nations have been said to rise and fall over the banana. But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive. A seedless fruit with a unique reproductive system, every banana is a genetic duplicate of the next, and therefore susceptible to the same blights. Today's yellow banana, the Cavendish, is increasingly threatened by such a blight--and there's no cure in sight. "Banana" combines a pop-science journey around the globe, a fascinating tale of an iconic American business enterprise, and a look into the alternately tragic and hilarious banana subculture (one does exist)-- ultimately taking us to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world's most beloved fruit.

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    The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dan Koeppel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 281
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9781594630385
    ISBN 10: 1594630380

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WB
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Libri: I-BE
    B&T Approval Code: A45500000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17870
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, BUS070010, HIS000000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A70160000
    DC22: 634.772
    B&T Approval Code: A71503000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 634/.772
    LC classification: SB379.B2 K66 2008
    Thema V1.0: WB, NHT
    Penguin Group USA, Inc
    Imprint name
    Hudson Street Press
    Publication date
    01 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York