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Posted on 20 July 2009 by

Irish Potato Famine Disease Hits Tomatoes in Northeastern States

blightBy Vanessa Richins

In 1845, Ireland was hit with late blight (caused by Phytophthora infestans), which killed much of the potato crops.

Since this was their main crop, a famine grew in the country.

It lasted for the next 6 years.

In the end, it is believed that about 1.5 million people died from starvation and 1 million people went to other countries.

Since tomatoes are in the same family (Solanaceae) as potatoes. it can also be affected by late blight.

2009 thus far has been one of the rainiest years in a while. The wet, cool conditions are perfect for the development of a fungus like Phytophthora infestans. This year

In the Northeast (from Ohio to Maine), reports have come in that plants Read the rest of this entry »


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