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Monday, March 18

Washington Post Potato Blight's Origins Could Enable Its Demise: "In many ways, the pathogen called Phytophthora infestans, or potato late blight fungus, is even more dangerous now than it was the year it made its apocalyptic debut. Thumbing its nose at modern science, it remains today the most pernicious and persistent plant disease on Earth. In the developing world alone, the blight causes $2.75 billion in crop losses a year." I worked for three years at the lead institution in fight potato blight, the International Potato Center, in Lima, Peru.



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