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‘Fight the blight’: CIP developed an app to help potato farmers in developing countries reduce agrochemical use

More than 170 years after it provoked the Great Famine of Ireland, late blight disease remains the biggest threat to potato farming globally, causing USD billions of crop loss each year. In most areas, farmers can only grow potatoes if they regularly apply fungicides, which control the highly destructive pathogen but pose risks to the environment, farmers and their families.

Developing late-blight resistant potatoes has long been a priority for potato breeders, and hundreds of resistant varieties have been released in the past century. However, because of the pathogen

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