Biotech Updates

Researchers Release First Phytophthora Map of Europe

May 28, 2014

An international team of researchers has released for the first time a map that shows exactly which species of the pathogen Phytophthora infestans are present in the potato fields of Europe. The map was drawn up last year by the European Euroblight partnership, an alliance of research institutes and the potato industry working together to make potato farming more sustainable, and to find ways of containing this highly resilient potato disease.

Staff from crop protection companies and potato growers collected a total of 795 samples, and compiled genetic ‘fingerprints'. The samples were analyzed in the James Hutton Institute in Scotland and at Wageningen UR in the Netherlands. The results are being stored in a central depot in Aarhus University, Denmark.

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