A group of 20 researchers led by plant pathologist Charlie Rush of Texas A&M University has received a $3.9 million grant to study zebra chip in potatoes.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specalty Crop Research Initiative.

During the next five years, the group hopes to reduce losses from zebra chip to economically sustainable levels by developing a comprehensive environmentally responsible disease-management program, Rush said in a news release.

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