Late Blight of Tomato and Potato Webinar

What late blight looks like.

What late blight looks like.

Got late blight? Learn more about this pathogen, which caused the Irish potato famines, by joining a free webinar at eOrganic on January 14, 2014 at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and open to the public, and advanced registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speakers.

Register now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/601056184

The webinar will feature five plant pathologists. I’ve always found these webinars to be informative even for the home gardener.

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  1. I’m not sure if they are being investigated independently in the States but the Sarvari Research Trust (http://www.sarvari-trust.org/) in Wales has been researching Sarpo potatoes – originally from Hungary – that are non-GMO and have a natural resistance to late blight. They already have about half a dozen varieties that are marketed in the UK and Europe and are actually currently crowd-funding efforts to take them to a wider market. I planted various types of potatoes incl. Sarpos on my allotment, and all maincrops were hit by the blight except the Sarpos. Although sad, it was quite astonishing to see an island of healthy plants survived to grow to maturity amongst sea of mottled brown leaves…

    • Selecting resistant varieties is one of the preventative measures they talked about during the webinar. As it turns out we grew one of the resistant tomato varieties this summer: Matt’s Wild Cherry. Not super exciting, but is sure was vigorous. And thanks for the info on the Sarpos.

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