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    Re: Cause of Potato Famine & Why Its Coming Back

    Posted by Mike B. on 12/30/09

    You're the one who asked about the FEMA trailer litigation! Follow the thread, or
    is that too much to ask? Oh well, it doesn't matter. You will never provide proof
    of anything you claim on this board, including the knowingly false allegations you
    have made about me for years. Go Danny.

    On 12/30/09, Deborah wrote:
    > How were any of your remarks and/or questions relevant to me and this board,
    > 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
    > 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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