ScienceDaily (July 5, 2009) — Home gardeners beware: This year, late
blight -- a destructive infectious disease that caused the Irish
potato famine in the 1840s -- is killing tomato and potato plants in
gardens and on commercial farms in the eastern United States. In
addition, basil downy mildew is affecting plants in the Northeast.
This article does not mention the vector of volunteer potatoes, but,
in many agricultural settings volunteer potatoes are considered a high
risk for blight and other diseases.
Gardeners need to be cautious about nurturing volunteer potatoes.
Sometimes an old thing is not a good thing...
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