Experts trace roots of potato disease to Mexico

In Southeast Farm Press

By Brad Buck, University of Florida

The disease called late blight killed most of Ireland’s potatoes during its infamous 1840 famine. Today, it still costs Florida tomato farmers far more than potato farmers, resulting in millions of dollars each year in lost yield, unmarketable crop and control.

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Late Blight Webinar on January 14

Join eOrganic on January 14th for a webinar on Late Blight of Tomato and Potato: Recent Occurrences and Management Experiences, presented by Meg McGrath of Cornell University. The webinar takes place at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and open to the public, and advanced registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker. A live chat session will follow the webinar.

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Southeastern Scientists Use USDA Funding to Protect Tomatoes from Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus

Last year was one that many Georgia tomato growers won’t easily forget, when whiteflies swarmed over their tomato fields and left a destructive virus to race through their crop. Now having discovered firsthand the consequences of being unprepared for tomato yellow leaf curl virus, growers are turning to Georgia scientists for solutions. Researchers at the University of Georgia are working to find out more about the insect that transmits the virus, as well as some solutions that will give growers a marketable crop.

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Late blight hits early this year, say experts

Media contact: Dr. Kelly Ivors, associate professor of plant pathology and North Carolina Cooperative Extension specialist, North Carolina State University, 828-684-3562 or

Late blight, a plant disease that can kill tomato plants, has been found on North Carolina tomatoes earlier in the growing season this year than usual, according to a Cooperative Extension plant pathologist at North Carolina State University.

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