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Secrets of potato blight could help farmers fight back

last modified Feb 05, 2014 01:20 PM

Researchers at Oxford University and The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, looked in unprecedented detail at how Phytophthora infestans, a pathogen that continues to blight potatoes and tomatoes today, evolved to target other plants.

'For the first time, we have found a direct molecular mechanism underpinning the change in host specialisation,' said Dr van der Hoorn. 

http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2014/140131_1.html