Potato (Solanum tuberosum)

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Potato Plant Photo Courtesy of http://persoon.si.edu/PlantImages/

Diseases and Pests

      As UW-La Crosse biology professor and mycologist Tom Volk once explained, a potato is a big ball of starch that lives in the ground; nematodes are bound to be attracted to them.  Nematodes, however, are not the only organisms to be attracted to potatoes.  Insects, bacteria, and fungi all love potatoes as much as nematodes do.  Here are just a few of the many organisms that love to munch on potatoes.Colorado Potato Beetle Photo by Irina Ivanova

Colorado Potato Beetle




Golden Nematode



Potato Blight Photo by Ben Millett



Potato Blight







      If you are interested in pest management of potatoes, Pest Pros Inc. of Plainfield, WI have almost 30 years of experience sampling soil for verticillium and nematodes as well as scouting potato and other crop fields for diseases and pests like the ones listed above. Feel free to check out their website at http://pestprosinc.com/ for more information.


For more cool information about potatoes visit the Interesting Facts page!