Late Blight Battle Goes Online, Marking 150 Year Struggle Since Irish Potato Famine

le to find a cure for this disaster actually led to the birth of plant pathology as a science."

Plant pathologists have made significant headway in the past 150 years, but the disease in its varied strains still persists. "The impact of these new strains has a devastating effect on the growers," says Fry. "Reduced yields, increased potato blight during storage and shipping, and heightened fear of the new aggressive strains of late blight are just some of the issues they have to deal with. Even trying to keep the fungus under control causes significant economic hardship because of dramatically increased fungicide costs. We hope that through the continued research of plant pathologists worldwide, we'll find a strategy to effectively control late blight."

The late blight feature website will only be available for a limited time. Log in to www.scisoc.org and help fight the battle. The American Phytopathological Society is a professional scientific organization dedicated to the study and control of plant disease with more than 5,000 members worldwide.


Contact: Cindy Ash, Director of Scientific Services
American Phytopathological Society

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