They believe a wild species of banana found in Madagascar, an island off Africa's south-eastern coast, could hold the key to keeping them alive. He added that "we don't know until we actually do research on the banana itself, but we can't do the research until it's saved". Senior conservation assessor at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Richard Allen, stated that the disease-resistant species that is rare has certain characteristics that make it more durable than the Cavendish bananas.
According to scientists, there are only five Madagascan trees in existence. Even though other bananas exist, which can be different colors and have very different tastes, it's easy to see how using the same exact type of banana for most of the country and much else of the world too could become a serious issue if a deadly parasite or pathogen spreads.
It is thought that combining the two strains of banana could produce a best-of-both scenario, with the hybrid being both edible and durable. It could wipe out entire areas where bananas grow.
They hope that its inclusion on the latest official Red List of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) will highlight its plight.
Spores of the fungus can remain in the soil for decades, which means once a plot of land is infected it's pretty much useless for banana growing for the foreseeable future.
Experts state that the Madagascar plant is from the island's rich floral heritage.
It's an endangered plant in its own right though, having fallen victim to severe weather and deforestation.
The vast majority of bananas sold in supermarkets are known as Cavendish bananas, named after William Cavendish, the sixth Duke of Devonshire, whose gardens are where the first plant originated before being cloned.
Because they are genetically identical, it is unlikely edible bananas will develop natural resistance to defeat it.
Steve Porter, Head Gardener at Chatsworth, told MailOnline: 'We are hopeful that the work being done by scientists around the world to find a cure for the disease threatening the Cavendish banana will be successful. In the 1950s, the disease wiped out a type of banana known as the Gros Michel.