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JoAnne Skelly: Tomato russet mite caused damage

Disaster seemed imminent at the Carson City Community Garden recently. Tomato plants that had been lovingly tended with dreams of tasty fruit started dying rapidly from the ground up. Master Gardener volunteers Jocelyn and Don feared the cause might be the devastating disease late blight, which caused the Irish potato famine. We rushed samples to the Department of Agriculture state plant pathologist, Dr. Wang, hoping that the garden wouldn’t be contaminated for future crops of tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers. Fortunately, while the symptoms seemed similar to those of late blight, Dr. Wang found the cause was the tomato russet …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Aug 5, 2013 08:45PM Published Aug 5, 2013 05:07PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.