Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Irish potato famine mystery solved

Scientists in Germany have discovered that a plant-pathogen strain, called HERB-1, was the blight that caused the potato famine in Ireland of the 1840s. Before this tine, it had been thought that an American strain, called US-1 has caused the famine.

According to the website at Irish National Famine Museum, Ireland lost almost a quarter of its population to death or emigration between 1845 and 1850.

The mystery finally has been solved.

Read the complete story at http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/4350890/researchers-discover-irish-potato-famine-pathogen

1 comment:

Jean-François said...

This post was really interesting, especially since he was referring to the dark period in Ireland between 1845 and 1851.

I laid an article on the epidemic that had claimed several thousand victims.

Thank you for the info and nice blog by the way ...