(the fungus that was responsible for the destruction of the European potato crop in the 1840s, as well as An Gorta Mór
, the Great Famine in Ireland, and the Scottish Highland famine
) has been found in the Northeastern US
Thankfully, the disease won't be cause for starvation in the Northeastern US, since we rely on a variety of crops rather than one or two local crops. Its actually quite common in the Northeastern US, but usually doesn't appear until later in the growing season, and only in certain areas. A very rainy spring on into summer, as well as infected tomato seedlings imported into the region and sold at local garden centers had sped up the spread of the fungus, and distributed it to a wider area.
Pictures of symptoms
can be found on the Cornell plant pathology website, as well as the OSU plant pathology website
. The UVM extension website
is probably more useful to home growers for solutions on preventing infection, and dealing with infected plants.
This is yet another reason why it could be important to buy locally grown seedlings.