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Thursday, June 7

NY Times Testing Links Potato Famine to an Origin in the Andes: "Analysis of DNA from stricken potato leaves has confirmed that the pathogen was a fungus known as Phytophthora infestans, but suggests that it did not originate in the Toluca Valley of Mexico, a hot spot of different strains of the blight that has been proposed as the most likely source. Instead, researchers theorize, it may have arisen in the ancestral home of the potato in the Andean highlands of South America." Although this may seem like a minor story, it has great implications for plant pathology and Andean biodiversity.



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