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Researchers find gene that may be at root of potato blight

...s may hit developing nations particularly hard, as potatoes are a staple crop in many of these countries. P. infestans belongs to a group of destructive pathogens called oomycetes. Oomycetes aren't easy to categorize ?although they physically look like fungi, on a molecular level they more closely resemble a...

A slight difference and significant similarities

...etween the composition of the genetically produced potatoes known as fructan potatoes and that of conventionally bred varieties. They only differ in the new substances intentionally inco...

Finding rewrites the evolutionary history of the origin of potatoes

Humans have cultivated potatoes for millennia, but there has been great controvers...ory was based in part on the broad distribution of potatoes from north to south across many different habitats, through morphological resemblance of different w...

Sustainable farm practices improve Third World food production

...eir yields, and harvests of some crops like maize, potatoes and beans increased 100 percent. Sustainable agriculture practices, such as conservation tillage and integrated pest control, also reduced pesticide use and increased carbon sequestration. In addition, sustainable farming practices require less wate...

Rhesus monkeys in Nepal may provide new alternative for HIV/AIDS research

...ed by monkeys that raid staple crops such as sweet potatoes and corn. Crop raiding is prevalent in many areas in Nepal and in the last five to 10 years there are many instances of local people seeking to solve this problem by chasing or killing macaques. "One of the goals of our international program is to a...

Fantastic Voyage: A new nanoscale view of the biological world

...tomatoes in the refrigerator of one apartment, and potatoes in the refrigerator of another. You can count how many there are and measure how fast they are used and replaced. It is this level of resolution and quantification that MIMS makes possible within cells." Lechene, of Harvard Medical School and B...

Unique tomatoes tops in disease-fighting antioxidants

...ch tomatoes. "Right now, only carrots and sweet potatoes are a more readily available, richer source of beta carotene," Schwartz said. "And this carotenoid is a major source of vitamin A for a large proportion of the world's population. Its deficiency is a serious health problem in many developing countrie...

Spud origin controversy solved

...Crop Science. “European potatoes,?the cultivated potatoes first appearing in Europe and later spreading worl... believe that the remnant landraces of these early potatoes still grow in on the Canary Islands. For years, researchers have debated the birthplace of the Eu...

Potato wart eyed as risk to potato production

...asures, as well as when the movement of commercial potatoes is restricted. Spores released from infected p...economically dependent on commercial production of potatoes for consumption or for potato seed production. "Potato wart is much easier to prevent than it is ...

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