potato blight


Definition of potato blight

: any of several destructive fungus diseases of the potato

Examples of potato blight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1840s, Reverend Miles Berkeley, also a botanist, identified the fungus behind Ireland’s potato blight, despite the clergy’s notion that the devil was to blame. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a Few Sick Tobacco Plants Led Scientists to Unravel the Truth About Viruses," 24 Mar. 2020 The potato blight affected all of Europe, but government mismanagement resulted in catastrophe for the then British colony of Ireland. Carmel Mc Mahon, Longreads, "Brigid, Magdalene, My Mother, and Me," 13 Nov. 2019 Most potatoes grown in Ireland were of a single variety, the Irish Lumper, which had no inherent resistance to Phytophthora infestans, the microorganism that causes potato blight. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 Patrick Kennedy left Ireland in 1848 to escape starvation brought on by the potato blight. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Courtney Kennedy and Paul Hill’s enduring agony," 3 Aug. 2019 But even he had been affected by the potato blight that had begun to devastate Ireland two years earlier. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A storm exposed children’s bones on a Canadian beach, reviving a 170-year-old mystery," 13 June 2019 Because nothing says fun like a college freshman's fifth Irish Car Bomb, the pseudo Gaelic pub proliferates across the north side like potato blight. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "The eratz Irish pub is the starkest failure of originality in Chicago drinking culture," 21 Dec. 2017

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Potato blight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potato%20blight. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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