The poor potato (and its growers) has seen some hard times because of the popularity of those low-carb diets. Thank goodness Japan (with an obesity rate of less than 3 percent) has recently lifted its import ban on fresh U.S. potatoes, allowing 14 states to export the tubers. Japan already is the largest U.S. export market for frozen potatoes. Japan banned fresh potato imports in 1950 due to concerns about plant diseases and pests. The decision to lift the ban follows a notice from the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. that it has eliminated the potato wart Noun 1. potato wart - fungous disease causing dark warty spongy excrescences in the eyes of potato tubers
plant disease - a disease that affects plants bacteria and has contained the cyst cyst, abnormal sac in the body, filled with a fluid or semisolid and enclosed in a membrane. Cysts can be congenital but are usually acquired, the most common locations being the skin and the ovaries. nematode nematode
Any of more than 15,000 named and many more unnamed species of worms in the class Nematoda (phylum Aschelminthes). Nematodes include plant and animal parasites and free-living forms found in soil, freshwater, saltwater, and even vinegar to a limited area. Washington, Idaho and Oregon produce an estimated 60 percent of the nation's potato crop.