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Second generation GMO potato awaiting approval

A second generation genetically modified potato that has been engineered to resist the pathogen that led to the Irish potato famine, is now awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Known as the Russet Burbank, the potato has also been modified to be stored for longer and […]

Potato famine pathogen “more virulent”

The pathogen that caused a famine that killed a million people in the 1800s is more virulent today than it was two centuries ago, researchers have found.

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Copenhagen compared genes from five 19th century strains of Phytophthora infestans, the pathogen behind the potato blight, to […]

Researchers identify strain linked to Irish Potato Famine

A plant pathogen strain responsible for a famine that killed a million people in 19th century Ireland has been identified by United Kingdom researchers.

The study, led by The Sainsbury Laboratory, identified an early strain of Phytophthora infestans as the pathogen responsible for the blight that caused the Irish Potato Famine, according to the BBC.

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