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US: Eradicating pale cyst nematode is tough going in Idaho

A team of scientists at the University of Idaho is trying to find a way to stop a microscopic parasite that damages potato crops and has now infested 2,400 acres in southeastern Idaho. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the eight-year-old infestation of the pale cyst nematode is up to 22 fields within a 5-mile radius. The fields are in northern Bingham County and southern Bonneville County. The agency in a release Wednesday says 8,500 acres in all are being regulated. Meanwhile, university researchers are trying to find ways to eradicate the nematode with methods besides harsh chemicals that are being phased out because of concerns about human health and the environment. More