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Peronospora infestans. Mont. Potato Peronospora

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posted on 2023-11-22, 10:30 authored by Richard Austin Bastow
On potato stems, leaves, and tubers.
Many theories have been advanced with regard to the origin of the destructive Peronospora infestans or potato disease.
Meteorological and electrical states of the atmosphere, saturation of the plant by water, degeneration by various methods of cultivation, the ravages of insect life, these and others have each in their time been brought forward as the cause of all the mischief with our potato crops.
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When the potato plant has been attacked by the disease, the leaves assume a pale tint, and discolored spots appear thereon; if, in this stage of the disease, the underside of the leaf is examined it will be found to be covered with whitish patches, these patches are stems with fruit and arise from the abundant septate and branched 1nyceliu1n, or opalescent threadlike roots which grow in the midst of the cells of the leaf, and eventually appear through the stomata as fertile stems.
The eighteen at present known species of Peronospora attack parsnips, peas, onions, spinach, lettuce, clover, nettles, anemones, poppies, roses, docks, etc., but apparently not in such a destructive manner as P. infestans does with potatoes.

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Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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27-31

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0080-4703

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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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