Pests and Diseases, Research

Campus researchers uncover origin of Irish potato famine pathogen

A study led by a UC Berkeley post-doctoral researcher has helped uncover the origin of the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine. According to the study, published this month in the Molecular Biology and Evolution journal, scientists have long sought to determine whether the pathogen was introduced to Ireland from South America or Mexico and where the pathogen had evolved into its modern form. Researchers determined the closest relative of the pathogen is a species found in the Andes Mountains, providing strong evidence that the pathogen had originally evolved in South America as opposed to Mexico, according to Michael Martin, the lead author of the study. More

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