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2014-06-12 11:40:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Genetically-modified crops (GMOs) might eventually be able to prevent blight or prevent starvation on a massive scale, but the prospect of these disasters isn’t enough to convince someone who is strongly against their use, according to a new study in the journal Appetite. Study researchers found when grocery shoppers read the story of the 1850s Irish Potato famine online, the tale did nothing to boost their support for GMOs. "If...

Secrets Of Potato Blight Evolution Could Aid Farmers In Fighting Back
2014-01-31 09:32:05

University of Oxford Scientists have discovered vital clues as to how the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine adapted to spread between different plant species. Researchers at Oxford University and The Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich, UK) looked in unprecedented detail at how Phytophthora infestans, a pathogen that continues to blight potatoes and tomatoes today, evolved to target other plants. The study, published today in the journal Science, is the first to show how...

Cause Of The Irish Potato Famine Revealed
2013-05-21 11:53:17

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft An international team of scientists reveals that a unique strain of potato blight they call HERB-1 triggered the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th century It is the first time scientists have decoded the genome of a plant pathogen and its plant host from dried herbarium samples. This opens up a new area of research to understand how pathogens evolve and how human activity impacts the spread of plant disease. Phytophthora infestans changed the course of...

2011-01-19 23:22:00

Scientists are reporting a key advance toward development of a way to combat the terrible plant diseases that caused the Irish potato famine and still inflict billions of dollars of damage to crops each year around the world. Their study appears in ACS' bi-weekly journal Organic Letters. Teck-Peng Loh and colleagues point out that the Phytophthora fungi cause extensive damage to food crops such as potatoes and soybeans as well as to ornamental plants like azaleas and rhododendrons. One...

2010-11-17 21:14:37

Scientists are reporting a key advance toward development of a way to combat the terrible plant diseases that caused the Irish potato famine and still inflict billions of dollars of damage to crops each year around the world. Their study appears in ACS' bi-weekly journal Organic Letters. Teck-Peng Loh and colleagues point out that the Phytophthora fungi cause extensive damage to food crops such as potatoes and soybeans as well as to ornamental plants like azaleas and rhododendrons. One...

2010-05-20 13:14:00

HAMDEN, Conn., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Quinnipiac University will open a major exhibition of sculpture, paintings and writings about the Irish Famine on Friday, May 21, at the Consulate General of Ireland in New York City. This marks the first time the exhibit has ever traveled from its permanent home in the Lender Special Collection Room at Quinnipiac. "Ireland's Great Hunger, An Gorta Mor, The Quinnipiac University Collection," focuses on the famine years 1845-1850, when a...

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2008-01-29 15:35:00

More than 99 percent of all modern potato varieties planted today are the direct descendents of varieties that once grew in the lowlands of south-central Chile. How Chilean germplasm came to dominate the modern potato-which spread worldwide from Europe-has been the subject of a long, contentious debate among scientists. While some plant scientists have maintained that Chilean potatoes were the first to be planted in Europe, a more widely accepted story holds that European potatoes were...

2007-04-19 06:00:12

By Mara, Miriam O'Kane ABSTRACT: Nuala O'Faolain's novel My Dream of You connects the Great Famine and contemporary women's status in the Republic of Ireland. Her narrative structure juxtaposes an embedded story from the 1840s with the main story arc, set in contemporary Ireland, relating the legacy of the Great Famine both to postcolonial attitudes about food and eating and to women's limited political roles in the Republic. The text presents mirrored female characters from the...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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