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Check your tomatoes, please

Food, Love and Policy By Unknown #2 on August 11, 2009
Wisconsin vegetable and fruit growers are being asked to check their tomato plants for a disease known as "late blight," which has the same biological makeup as the disease that caused the 1845 - 1852 potato famine in Ireland.

Look for brown lesions on leaves, stems and fruit, and report any signs of the disease to your county extension office. Affected plants need to be destroyed to help contain the disease, which is spread by spores carried by wind and rain.

According to the state, "late blight will spread rapidly though a field, killing plants in one to two weeks. If the disease isn't controlled, neighboring gardens or commercial vegetable fields can be infected and the entire crop can be at risk. Once the fruit or tuber is infected, it will rapidly decay so storage is not possible."

"Gardeners and growers need to know what late blight looks like and to take proper steps to protect your plants from the disease," said Amanda Gevens, UW-Madison plant pathologist.

Full details here.

Check out Foodorama's blight blogging.


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