A tiny pest called a potato-tomato psyllid wreaks havoc on potatoes and about 40 other crops. In potatoes, they suck the plant dry. And what’s worse, the pest also can transmit a disease that ruins potato chips – a $6 billion business in the United States, despite the bad rap chips get from nutritionists. 

Learn more in the video, ”Some Bugs Like it Hot: Climate Change & Agricultural Pests.” 

And check our our new series, “Heat and Harvest”, which focuses on how climate change is challenging California’s $30 billion agricultural industry. Co-produced by KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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