Reading Notes Ch. 3

Reading Notes Ch. 3 - PL PA 201 Readings Ch 3 Fungi as...

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PL PA 201 Readings Ch. 3 – Fungi as Pathogens of Food Crops - Plant in the Andes Mountains o The Incas who ruled the region held fights Took human blood to spread over fields to insure a good crop the following year Males sometimes ate the brains from split skulls while women dipped pieces of the cherished plants into pools of blood and ate them o The Spaniards decided to try it on their European soul o When Sir Walter Raleigh gave a basketful of plants to Q. Elizabeth I, the cooked vegetables gave people indigestion Reason why roots weren’t eaten: Roots of plants had a bland, starchy taste and caused uncontrollable flatulence o Parts of plant looked like lymph-node disease known as scrofula, making people fearful that plant were a cause of the awful disease o One acre of average farm land could produce 6 tons of the crop annually Stored well over winter Brought stability to an unstable food supply o Plant aka Solanum tuberosum Potato o An Irish family would consume 250 pounds a week! Population of Ireland nearly doubled from 1800 to 1845
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  • Spring '07
  • G.W.HUDLER
  • Potato, Plant pathogens and diseases, grape downy mildew, aka Phytophthora infestans, plant parts Spores, food supply Potato

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