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Late-blight-resistant potato plants, on left, compared with potatoes suffering from the disease


Potato plants

Late blight can wreak havoc on red-skinned Desiree potato plants, like the ones on the right side of this photo, taken of a field trial in the United Kingdom in August 2012. The healthy plants on the left have been bred with disease-resistance genes from other plants, and are late-blight resistant.

Credit: Kamil Witek and Jonathan Jones, Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

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