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Stout Potatoes: Armed with a new gene, spuds fend off blight

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9:32am, July 16, 2003

It has been more than 150 years since the Irish potato famine, when the funguslike disease called blight annihilated the staple food for millions of people. But blight is still the most serious potato disease in Europe, the United States, and the rest of the world. Farmers spend billions of dollars annually on fungicides to keep blight at bay.

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