Scientists identify cause of Irish famine

A team of scientists have used plant samples collected in the mid-19th century to identify the pathogen that caused Ireland's devastating potato famine, BBC News reported today.

21st May, 2013
Potato blight

A team of scientists have used plant samples collected in the mid-19th century to identify the pathogen that caused Ireland's devastating potato famine, BBC News reported today.

DNA extracted from museum specimens showed that the strain that triggered the potato blight differed from modern day epidemics, and is probably now extinct.

A team led by The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich traced the global spread of potato blight from the early 1800s to the present...

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