Submitted to: Phytopathology Supplement; APSnet (Plant Pathology Online)
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: August 2, 2012
Publication Date: August 9, 2012
Citation: Fry, W., Mcgrath, M.T., Seaman, A., Zitter, T.A., Mcleod, A., Danies, G., Small, I.M., Myers, K., Everts, K., Gevens, A.J., Gugino, B.K., Johnson, S.B., Judelson, H., Ristaino, J., Roberts, P., Secor, G., Seebold, K., Snover-Clift, K., Wyenandt, A., Grunwald, N.J., Smart, C.D. 2012. The 2009 late blight pandemic in eastern USA. Phytopathology Supplement; APSnet (Plant Pathology Online). Available: http://www.apsnet.org/publications/apsnetfeatures/Pages/2009LateBlight.aspx.
The tomato late blight pandemic of 2009 made late blight into a household term in much of the eastern United States. Many home gardeners and organic producers lost most, if not all, of their tomato crop, and their experiences were reported in the mainstream press. This article, which is written for a broad audience, reviews and documents the emergence of the 2009 pandemic.