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Spanish ships in the late 16th century first brought the potato tuber from South America to Europe whereby in the early 19th century, it bad become a reliable backup to cereal crops, particularly in the cold, rain-soaked soils of Ireland. The Irish were soon almost wholly dependent on the potato as their staple food. And they were planting primarily one prodigious variety, the ‘Lumper' potato, whose genetic frailty would be cruelly exposed by the fungus 'Phytophthora infestans’. In 1845, spores of the deadly fungus began spreading across the country, destroying nearly all the Lumpers in its path. The resulting famine killed or displaced millions.
Which one or the following statements best reflects the critical message or the passage?
  • a)
    For introducing any foreign plant into a country, the soil and climate conditions of that country should be suitable.
  • b)
    As a staple food of a country, tuber crops like potato cannot replace cereal crops.
  • c)
    Some or the fungal infections or plants cannot be prevented or stopped from spreading across large areas.
  • d)
    Relying on a homogeneous food source is not desirable.
Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer?

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This discussion on Read the followingpassageand answer the itemthat follow. Your answerto thisitemshould be based on the passageonly.Passage-1Spanish ships in the late 16th century first brought the potato tuber from South America to Europe whereby in the early 19th century, it bad become a reliable backup to cereal crops, particularly in the cold, rain-soaked soils of Ireland. The Irish were soon almost wholly dependent on the potato as their staple food. And they were planting primarily one prodigious variety, the ‘Lumper potato, whose genetic frailty would be cruelly exposed by the fungus Phytophthora infestans’. In 1845, spores of the deadly fungus began spreading across the country, destroying nearly all the Lumpers in its path. The resulting famine killed or displaced millions.Which one or the following statements best reflects the critical message or the passage?a)For introducing any foreign plant into a country, the soil and climate conditions of that country should be suitable.b)As a staple food of a country, tuber crops like potato cannot replace cereal crops.c)Some or the fungal infections or plants cannot be prevented or stopped from spreading across large areas.d)Relying on a homogeneous food source is not desirable.Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer? is done on EduRev Study Group by UPSC Students. The Questions and Answers of Read the followingpassageand answer the itemthat follow. Your answerto thisitemshould be based on the passageonly.Passage-1Spanish ships in the late 16th century first brought the potato tuber from South America to Europe whereby in the early 19th century, it bad become a reliable backup to cereal crops, particularly in the cold, rain-soaked soils of Ireland. The Irish were soon almost wholly dependent on the potato as their staple food. And they were planting primarily one prodigious variety, the ‘Lumper potato, whose genetic frailty would be cruelly exposed by the fungus Phytophthora infestans’. In 1845, spores of the deadly fungus began spreading across the country, destroying nearly all the Lumpers in its path. The resulting famine killed or displaced millions.Which one or the following statements best reflects the critical message or the passage?a)For introducing any foreign plant into a country, the soil and climate conditions of that country should be suitable.b)As a staple food of a country, tuber crops like potato cannot replace cereal crops.c)Some or the fungal infections or plants cannot be prevented or stopped from spreading across large areas.d)Relying on a homogeneous food source is not desirable.Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer? are solved by group of students and teacher of UPSC, which is also the largest student community of UPSC. If the answer is not available please wait for a while and a community member will probably answer this soon. You can study other questions, MCQs, videos and tests for UPSC on EduRev and even discuss your questions like Read the followingpassageand answer the itemthat follow. Your answerto thisitemshould be based on the passageonly.Passage-1Spanish ships in the late 16th century first brought the potato tuber from South America to Europe whereby in the early 19th century, it bad become a reliable backup to cereal crops, particularly in the cold, rain-soaked soils of Ireland. The Irish were soon almost wholly dependent on the potato as their staple food. And they were planting primarily one prodigious variety, the ‘Lumper potato, whose genetic frailty would be cruelly exposed by the fungus Phytophthora infestans’. In 1845, spores of the deadly fungus began spreading across the country, destroying nearly all the Lumpers in its path. The resulting famine killed or displaced millions.Which one or the following statements best reflects the critical message or the passage?a)For introducing any foreign plant into a country, the soil and climate conditions of that country should be suitable.b)As a staple food of a country, tuber crops like potato cannot replace cereal crops.c)Some or the fungal infections or plants cannot be prevented or stopped from spreading across large areas.d)Relying on a homogeneous food source is not desirable.Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer? over here on EduRev! Apart from being the largest UPSC community, EduRev has the largest solved Question bank for UPSC.
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This discussion on Read the followingpassageand answer the itemthat follow. Your answerto thisitemshould be based on the passageonly.Passage-1Spanish ships in the late 16th century first brought the potato tuber from South America to Europe whereby in the early 19th century, it bad become a reliable backup to cereal crops, particularly in the cold, rain-soaked soils of Ireland. The Irish were soon almost wholly dependent on the potato as their staple food. And they were planting primarily one prodigious variety, the ‘Lumper potato, whose genetic frailty would be cruelly exposed by the fungus Phytophthora infestans’. In 1845, spores of the deadly fungus began spreading across the country, destroying nearly all the Lumpers in its path. The resulting famine killed or displaced millions.Which one or the following statements best reflects the critical message or the passage?a)For introducing any foreign plant into a country, the soil and climate conditions of that country should be suitable.b)As a staple food of a country, tuber crops like potato cannot replace cereal crops.c)Some or the fungal infections or plants cannot be prevented or stopped from spreading across large areas.d)Relying on a homogeneous food source is not desirable.Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer? is done on EduRev Study Group by UPSC Students. The Questions and Answers of Read the followingpassageand answer the itemthat follow. Your answerto thisitemshould be based on the passageonly.Passage-1Spanish ships in the late 16th century first brought the potato tuber from South America to Europe whereby in the early 19th century, it bad become a reliable backup to cereal crops, particularly in the cold, rain-soaked soils of Ireland. The Irish were soon almost wholly dependent on the potato as their staple food. And they were planting primarily one prodigious variety, the ‘Lumper potato, whose genetic frailty would be cruelly exposed by the fungus Phytophthora infestans’. In 1845, spores of the deadly fungus began spreading across the country, destroying nearly all the Lumpers in its path. The resulting famine killed or displaced millions.Which one or the following statements best reflects the critical message or the passage?a)For introducing any foreign plant into a country, the soil and climate conditions of that country should be suitable.b)As a staple food of a country, tuber crops like potato cannot replace cereal crops.c)Some or the fungal infections or plants cannot be prevented or stopped from spreading across large areas.d)Relying on a homogeneous food source is not desirable.Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer? are solved by group of students and teacher of UPSC, which is also the largest student community of UPSC. If the answer is not available please wait for a while and a community member will probably answer this soon. You can study other questions, MCQs, videos and tests for UPSC on EduRev and even discuss your questions like Read the followingpassageand answer the itemthat follow. Your answerto thisitemshould be based on the passageonly.Passage-1Spanish ships in the late 16th century first brought the potato tuber from South America to Europe whereby in the early 19th century, it bad become a reliable backup to cereal crops, particularly in the cold, rain-soaked soils of Ireland. The Irish were soon almost wholly dependent on the potato as their staple food. And they were planting primarily one prodigious variety, the ‘Lumper potato, whose genetic frailty would be cruelly exposed by the fungus Phytophthora infestans’. In 1845, spores of the deadly fungus began spreading across the country, destroying nearly all the Lumpers in its path. The resulting famine killed or displaced millions.Which one or the following statements best reflects the critical message or the passage?a)For introducing any foreign plant into a country, the soil and climate conditions of that country should be suitable.b)As a staple food of a country, tuber crops like potato cannot replace cereal crops.c)Some or the fungal infections or plants cannot be prevented or stopped from spreading across large areas.d)Relying on a homogeneous food source is not desirable.Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer? over here on EduRev! Apart from being the largest UPSC community, EduRev has the largest solved Question bank for UPSC.