Source: Oregon State University

Oregon State University is part of a 17-institution consortium that will share a grant of $9 million to study late blight, one of the world's most significant diseases, which affects potatoes and tomatoes. The institutions are in the United States, Mexico and Scotland.

As part of the study, OSU will receive $789,542 over the next five years.

"Late blight is a significant disease of potatoes, which is the world's largest non-cereal crop, and a tomato pest," said Niklaus Grunwald, a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist who has a courtesy appointment in OSU's Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. "The plan is to reduce fungicide use and costs for growers and to find long-term controls of late blight." 

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