Crop Biotech Update

Scientists Suggest Unique Approach to Combat Phytophtora in Potatoes

December 18, 2013

Researchers from Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands are recommending genetic identification to enable a more specific control of the potato disease late blight caused by Phytophthora infestans, a water mold. They also aim to partner with industry to further analyze the genetic variation of the pathogen and link it to practical recommendations. This will allow potato growers to optimally align their choice in fungicides and resistant varieties with the strains of the pathogen that occur in their places.

Information on the genetic composition of P. infestans populations has been collected for some time. Considerable knowledge exists as to which genetic varieties of P. infestans are active in the Netherlands and how these populations have developed over the years. 

For further details, see Wageningen UR's news release at http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/news-wageningen-ur/Show/Unique-approach-to-better-combat-phytophthora-in-potatoes.htm.