Scientists: this GM crop would have survived Irish potato famine

17.02.2014

Herald Scotland

Published 17 February 2014

A new strain of British genetically modified potato appears immune to the devastating fungus responsible for the great Irish famine of 1845, research has shown.

Late blight, caused by the organism Phytophthora infestans, remains the potato farmer's greatest enemy to this day.

The Irish potato famine of 1845 was a disaster for the poorer people of Ireland who depended on potatoes for food and income.

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