Phytophthora infestans

Potato Blight

Group it Belongs to:

  • Heterotroph that moves

Is Phytophthora infestans unicellular or multicellular?

  • Unicellular

What it Eats:

  • Potatoes,
  • Tomatoes,
  • And other plants
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How Phytophthora infestans Reproduces:

  • Complex cycle (it has spores)

Where it Lives:

  • Soil
  • Plant Debris
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Why is Phytophthora infestans important?

  • Phytophthora infestans is a pathogen. It is harmful to plants and certain crops. Potato blight can cause massive damage to plants in short periods of time. This protist is the reason for the Irish Potato Famine that started in 1845.
Potato late blight in action

More About Potato Blight:

Works Cited:

"Phytophthora Infestans, Cause of Late Blight of Potato and the Irish Potato Famine, Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for March 2001, Alternate Page." Phytophthora Infestans, Cause of Late Blight of Potato and the Irish Potato Famine, Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for March 2001, Alternate Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.


"Phytophthora Infestans." Phytophthora Infestans. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.


"Www.biosicherheit.de." GMO-Safety.eu. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.