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Stan Blade, dean of agriculture, life and environmental sciences at the University of Alberta, poses with a banana plant in a botanical garden in the United States.

Raise a glass of banana beer — this popular fruit will endure

U of A’s Stan Blade says the world’s most popular fruit will survive — in some form or another

Don’t worry, be happy — the banana is not going extinct. And an Alberta plant scientist is helping to ensure that. “I think we will always have bananas,” said Stan Blade. But, he added, they might be quite a bit different — such as much smaller and red or purple in colour. “My view of […] Read more

Tropical fruit giant buys Canada’s top mushroom firm

A major worldwide distributor and marketer of bananas, pineapples and melons is making a move into the mushroom business, by buying Canada’s biggest player. Fyffes, whose products are sold in Canada and the U.S. under the Fyffes, Turbana, Sol and Fresh Quest labels, on Friday announced it has paid $145 million for all equity in […] Read more