16 Jul 2008

Potato Blight

Some plots have shown signs of potato blight. The recent wet weather won't have helped. If you've not checked your spuds recently, it might be worth a look now.

Potato BlightBlight is caused by a destructive parasite of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum), tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) and other members of the potato family (Solanaceae). In potatoes, rapid destruction of foliage and tubers can occur, infamously causing the Irish potato famines of 1845-7, with social and political repercussions that persist to the present day. Presumably of South American origin, it is said to have first been known in the British Isles in 1845.

Ref: Biological Sciences, University of Paisley

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