Pests and Diseases

Irish Potato Famine Pathogen Origin Traced to South America

Using some ancient DNA detective work, a new study led by Mike Martin, University of California Berkeley postdoctoral researcher, and Tom Gilbert, professor at University of Copenhagen, has linked the culprit behind the 19th century Irish potato famine, which was transported to Europe in the 1840s, to a fungus-like organism that originated in South America. Just how the pathogen, called[Read More...]

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