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    Re: Cause of Potato Famine & Why Its Coming Back

    Posted by Deborah on 12/30/09

    Just as relevant as your tossing in names of people uninvolved with ANY of
    this...following your lead.

    Are you drinking and snorting again?

    On 12/30/09, Mike B. wrote:
    > If I was, how in the world does that make me involved in any FEMA trailer
    > litigation? Are you smoking, again?
    > On 12/30/09, Deborah wrote:
    >> So you are not related to Daniel B of the same surname?
    >> On 12/30/09, Mike B. wrote:
    >>> I have nothing to do with any of that.
    >>> On 12/29/09, Deborah wrote:
    >>>> Oh, the class action over the formaldehyde and FEMA trailers...
    >>>> On 12/29/09, Mike B. wrote:
    >>>>> Which FEMA trailer suit are you referring to?
    >>>>> On 12/28/09, Deborah wrote:
    >>>>>> sorry, I realize that might be over your head, I just thought
    >>>>>> you'd realize it and have enough sense to let someone else
    >>>>> respond...
    >>>>>> Oh, maybe you were responding to Sharon's post rather than mine?
    >>>>>> Hey, how did that FEMA trailer suit work out?
    >>>>>> On 12/28/09, Mike B. wrote:
    >>>>>>> do you make the leap to the conclusion that the
    >>>>>>> potato famine is coming back?
    >>>>>>> On 12/27/09, Deborah wrote:
    >>>>>>>> Malaria, potato famine pathogen share surprising trait
    >>>>>>> pathogen-share-surprising-trait
    >>>>>>>> On 12/27/09, Sharon wrote:
    >>>>>>>>> .html
    >>>>>>>>> (NaturalNews) Researchers have sequenced the genome of the
    >>>>>>>>> fungus responsible for the Great Irish Potato Famine in the
    >>>>>>>>> 1800s, uncovering the reason that the organism continues to
    >>>>>>>>> plague potato farmers to this day.
    >>>>>>>>> "This pathogen has an exquisite ability to adapt and
    >>>>>>>>> change, and that's what makes it so dangerous," said lead
    >>>>>>>>> researcher Chad Nusbaum of the Broad Institute in
    >>>>>>>>> Cambridge, Mass.
    >>>>>>>>> The organism, known as Phytophthora infestans, is a type of
    >>>>>>>>> water mold that continues to cost potato farmers billions
    >>>>>>>>> of dollars every year. It prefers cool, wet climates and is
    >>>>>>>>> capable of destroying entire fields of potatoes and
    >>>>>>>>> tomatoes within only a few days. In 2003, P. infestans
    >>>>>>>>> destroyed Papua New Guinea's entire potato crop.
    >>>>>>>>> The mold evolves resistance to antifungal sprays with
    >>>>>>>>> astonishing speed. In just the last few years, potato
    >>>>>>>>> farmers in the United Kingdom have increased chemical
    >>>>>>>>> spraying by 30 percent in an attempt to hold the organism
    >>>>>>>>> at bay, and the ongoing blight in Ireland has been
    >>>>>>>>> called "the worst in living memory," according to the BBC.
    >>>>>>>>> According to information published in the journal Nature,
    >>>>>>>>> P. infestans' genome is especially large, at least twice as
    >>>>>>>>> long as the genetic code of its closest relatives. Some
    >>>>>>>>> regions of the genome are particularly dense, containing
    >>>>>>>>> many genes in a small area, while others are much less
    >>>>>>>>> dense. It is these gene-light areas that may hold the key
    >>>>>>>>> to the organism's adaptability: more than 700 key genes
    >>>>>>>>> were mapped in these regions, some of them coding for
    >>>>>>>>> attacks on potatoes' immune systems.
    >>>>>>>>> "The regions change rapidly over time, acting as a kind of
    >>>>>>>>> incubator to enable the rapid birth and death of genes that
    >>>>>>>>> are key to plant infection," said co-lead author Brian
    >>>>>>>>> Haas. "As a result, these critical genes may be gained and
    >>>>>>>>> lost so rapidly that the hosts simply can't keep up."
    >>>>>>>>> Modern agriculture has exacerbated the problem, said Paul
    >>>>>>>>> Birch of the Scottish Crop Research Institute. Widespread
    >>>>>>>>> application of chemicals encourages pest evolution, while
    >>>>>>>>> genetic standardization of food crops makes them more
    >>>>>>>>> vulnerable to infestation.

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