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OSU Shares $9M Late Blight Management Grant

May 4th, 2011

Oregon State University is part of a 17-institutiion consortium that will share a grant of $9 million to study late blight, one of the world’s most significant plant diseases, which hits potatoes and tomatoes.

The 17 sharing institutions are in Mexico and Scotland, as well as the U.S. OSU will receive nearly$790,000 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,” says Niklaus (cq) Grunwald, a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist who has a courtesy appointment to OSU’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

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