How the very small can fell the very tall: the oomycete treat

Villadsen, Dorthe ORCID logo ORCID: and Weatherall, Andrew ORCID logo ORCID: (2023) How the very small can fell the very tall: the oomycete treat. The Geographer . p. 18.

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Oomycetes are probably one of the most economically and socially important taxonomic groups you have never heard of. Oomycetes can best be described as fungus or algaelike; they reproduce by spores, which means that the spread is difficult to control as spores can be carried on wind, water, equipment and people. Oomycetes are classified as protists, which are eukaryotic organisms that are not plant, fungus or animal. Included in the group is the genus Phytophthora (from Greek, meaning plant destroyer); a prominent example is Phytophthora infestans which causes the potato blight that resulted in the Irish potato famine in the 1840s and to this day causes large yield loss in agriculture and horticulture.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: The Geographer
Publisher: Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Additional Information: Article published in Winter 2023 edition.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2024 11:55
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2024 12:00


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