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    Re: Cause of Potato Famine & Why Its Coming Back

    Posted by Deborah on 12/30/09

    How were any of your remarks and/or questions relevant to me and this board, Mikey?

    Should I call Daniel B and ask him to have a look at this?

    Which people are you referring to that I might have a problem with, people like you?

    On 12/30/09, Mike B. wrote:
    > I didn't ask why it was "relevant". I asked how being related to some lawyer
    > makes me somehow involved with his lawsuits? Typical of your hysteria and BS,
    > you don't have an answer that makes any sense.
    > To address your second illogical rant, you obviously have a problem with those
    > people, don't you?
    > On 12/30/09, Deborah wrote:
    >> 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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