from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A disease of potato plants caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans and characterized by decay of the foliage and tubers.

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  • n. blight in which symptoms appear late in the growing season especially a disease of solanaceous plants caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans


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  • Late blight timed its attacks to co-incide with swine flu...I'll bet you anything.

    July 19, 2009

  • That must have made it even worse, feeling helpless like that. Let's hope the potatoes survive. *green thumbs crossed*

    July 19, 2009

  • He did, and there was absolutely nothing that could be done. Now he's worried about the potatoes, which are also susceptible.

    July 19, 2009

  • Oh, no. That's awful, skip. Did he know about the blight before it happened?

    July 18, 2009

  • Destroyed my son's prodigious crop (Ithaca, NY) in about 2 days. Dreadful.

    July 18, 2009

  • Not the tomatooooooooeees!

    July 18, 2009

  • Ack!

    July 18, 2009

  • Noooooooo!!

    July 18, 2009

  • First the bananapocalypse, now this. This is awful:

    “A highly contagious fungus that destroys tomato plants has quickly spread to nearly every state in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic, and the weather over the next week may determine whether the outbreak abates or whether tomato crops are ruined, according to federal and state agriculture officials.

    The spores of the fungus, called late blight, are often present in the soil, and small outbreaks are not uncommon in August and September. But the cool, wet weather in June and the aggressively infectious nature of the pathogen have combined to produce what Martin A. Draper, a senior plant pathologist at the United States Department of Agriculture, described as an “explosive” rate of infection.”

    The New York Times, Outbreak of Fungus Threatens Tomato Crop, by Julia Moskin, July 17, 2009

    July 18, 2009