Persistence of the mitochondrial lineage responsible for the Irish potato famine in extant new world phytophthora infestans.

@article{Martin2014PersistenceOT,
  title={Persistence of the mitochondrial lineage responsible for the Irish potato famine in extant new world phytophthora infestans.},
  author={Michael D Martin and Simon Y. W. Ho and Nathan Wales and Jean B Ristaino and Marcus Thomas Pius Gilbert},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2014},
  volume={31 6},
  pages={1414-20}
}
The plant pathogen Phytophthora infestans emerged in Europe in 1845, triggering the Irish potato famine and massive European potato crop losses that continued until effective fungicides were widely employed in the 20th century. Today the pathogen is ubiquitous, with more aggressive and virulent strains surfacing in recent decades. Recently, complete P. infestans mitogenome sequences from 19th-century herbarium specimens were shown to belong to a unique lineage (HERB-1) predicted to be rare or… CONTINUE READING

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