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Guilty Confession

September 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Diet & Nutrition, Infectious Disease

OK, I understand that agricultural diseases are devastating for both the farmers and people who rely on their produce to subsist, particularly in a world where food prices have increased dramatically in part due to agricultural losses from plant pathogens.  I just can’t help but find the names of many agricultural diseases amusing.  The one that comes immediately to mind is banana bunchy top virus, which has recently emerged in Angola.

Agricultural disease monikers seem to always be extremely descriptive.  Imagine if some human scourges followed the same convention: “black sores ringing groin disease” (plague), “lungs full of mucous” (influenza/pneumonia), “pus dripping from urethra” (gonorrhea, chlamydia).  Maybe not so amusing…

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