IDAHO FALLS -- University of Idaho researchers are reviving a task force to address the flare-up of bacterial ring rot disease in Idaho potato crops.
Phillip Nolte, a University of Idaho Extension seed potato specialist, says the disease is reaching levels not seen in a decade.
"It's a cyclic thing," said Nolte. "We last saw problems with it in 2002, and there was an earlier flare up in the mid-1990s."
The disease is mainly a threat to the appearance and storage of potatoes not with any health-related concerns for people.
Growers are urged to control the disease by stepping up their sanitation practices from planting to harvest.