Ecology http://wunc.org en What Happened To The Disease That Caused The Irish Potato Famine? http://wunc.org/post/what-happened-disease-caused-irish-potato-famine <p>New research reveals the disease that wiped out millions of potatoes and led to widespread famine in Ireland is still around, and it’s more virulent than ever. <a href="http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/130718/ncomms3172/full/ncomms3172.html">&nbsp;A new study </a>led by NC State University plant pathologist Jean Ristaino investigates the history of the fungus-like organism that caused the Irish potato famine and how its genome has evolved since it first showed up in Ireland in the 1800’s.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:26:53 +0000 Laura Candler 19254 at http://wunc.org What Happened To The Disease That Caused The Irish Potato Famine?