Michigan State University pathologist are calling on commercial growers and home owners alike to help fight late blight, which significantly damaged potato and tomato fields this season.

This is the same fungus that was responsible for the Irish potato famine of the 1840s.

Plant pathologist Willie Kirk is encouraging all growers to kill host plants before next spring. Cold temperatures will take care of most of those.

Any tubers remaining in the ground also should be removed to reduce potential sources of infection for next season.

To read the complete article, visit Michigan State University.

For more information on late blight, visit www.lateblight.org.