The Irish Potato Famine caused the death of over one million people due to starvation. Potatoes were a major source of nutrition for the Irish people in the mid 1800’s, and a devastating blight destroyed potato crops. Recently, cleanroom research has helped shed some more light on this terrible famine.
Several tests were conducted on leaves from tomato and potato plants that were grown in the mid 1800’s. The cleanroom conditions were necessary to extract DNA from the plants and run tests. The research and results of this study will be published in an upcoming article in the journal eLife.
You can read the article in its entirety here.