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No End to the Banana
April 1 through June 30, 2008
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House
This exhibition explores the diversity of bananas, and who uses them and for what. It also shows how research can help us use this diversity to increase options for both small-scale farmers in the developing world and consumers in industrialized countries. Banana fiber is used for paper, bank notes, ropes, clothes, wall hangings, baskets and hundreds of artistic endeavours. Leaves are also used to wrap anything and everything, but especially food. Many varieties are fried, roasted, juiced, dried or chipped to make healthy and affordable snacks and street foods.

What type(s) of bananas are you eating?

No end to the banana was produced by Bioversity International, in collaboration with CIRAD and KULeuven, and includes prints donated by the Missouri Botanical Garden and John Dyer. More information
Exhibition Opening Lecture
by Dan Koeppel
The Trouble With Bananas:
Why our favorite fruit is on the endangered species list
Friday April 18, 2008
Listen to Dan Koeppel on NPR's Fresh Air
Dan Koeppel, award-winning writer and author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, reveals the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most humble fruit. He will take us from past to present, village to continent, jungle to supermarket, into corporate boardrooms, and to kitchen tables around the world. While much about the bananas origins remains unknown, the biggest mystery is whether it will survive a disease that now threatens to eradicate this global crop.
Followed by a reception in the Lyman Plant House.

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