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21st Century Infectious Potato Disease

by Annette Welsford No Comments
05 12Dickeya in Potato2

A really nasty seed-borne bacterial blackleg disease, Dickeya solani is causing concern to potato farmers. First identified in Holland in 2005, Dickeya solani is an aggressive form of another type of blackleg disease, Dickeya dianthicola that has established itself in several countries in Europe, including Spain, France and Belgium, as well as in Finland and Poland. It has also spread to the ...

Which Pests like Eating Potatoes?

by Annette Welsford 3 Comments
Potato Leafhoppers

Growing your own potatoes can be a lot of fun, and if you get it right, rewarding too. But we aren't the only creatures that like potatoes, and you need to take steps to ensure that pests don't eat your potato crop before you get a chance to harvest it. Whilst you can't see the potato ...