Scientists Trace Source Of Famed Irish Potato Famine

May 26, 2013
Originally published on May 26, 2013 5:25 pm

We now know what caused the Irish potato famine. Scientists have pinpointed the pathogen by using plant samples collected in the mid-19th century. Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden talks about it with the study's co-author, Sophien Kamoun of the Sainsbury Lab in the United Kingdom.