potato blight


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potato blight

n.
Either of two diseases of potatoes, especially late blight.

potato blight

n
(Plant Pathology) a devastating disease of potatoes produced by the oomycete Phytophthora infestans and the cause of the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th century
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Noun1.potato blight - a blight of potatoes
blight - any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting
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The text begins with the Irish potato blight of 1845, the attendant crop failures, and the psychological, physical, and emotional impacts on the poor.
After decades of misrule, mass unemployment and widespread poverty, Ireland was brought to her knees in 1845 by an invisible assailant: Phytophthora infestans, potato blight. At the time, potatoes fed two-thirds of Ireland's 8.1 million people.
Scientists knew that the funguslike microbe Phytophthora infestans (right) causes potato blight, and for years a lineage called US-1 shouldered the blame.
A team of molecular biologists has determined that a unique strain of potato blight caused the Irish potato famine, which killed around a million people during the mid-19th century.
These people were driven by the famine caused by the potato blight, which cost many lives.
QI have grown potatoes for the first time this year and am worried in case I get potato blight. How will I recognise it and is there any way that I can prevent it?