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Late blight back in Vermont

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Late blight is back in Vermont. The University of Vermont says it showed up on potatoes from Huntington tested in a lab Tuesday.

The deadly plant disease is highly contagious and affects mainly potatoes and tomatoes. The spores produced on infected plants travel through the air and cause new infections. If a plant is infected, there is no cure and it must be destroyed.

"It's hard to keep up with so it's best to just destroy plants, cut them off, bag them, landfill, bury them. Because spores won't live on dead tissue, so you need to kill those as quickly as possible and that's what will decrease the amount of spores in the air and protect commercial growers," said Ann Hazelrigg of the plant diagnostic clinic at UVM.

Since 2009 Vermont has seen late blight every year. The disease thrives in humid, wet weather conditions.

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