Biotech Updates

USDA Funds Late Blight Research Project

April 8, 2011

A multi-disciplinary team led by Howard Judelson, professor of plant pathology at the University of California, Riverside, will seek possible options to address late blight and ensure a sustainable and long-term control of this devastating disease. To meet this goal, the team received a US$9 million five-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Late blight, caused by a fungus-like microbe, is a plant disease that mainly attacks potatoes and tomatoes.

"To manage this disease, which is favored by cool, moist weather, we need a multipronged approach. In this research project, we will develop an integrated plan of research, education and extension that includes developing diagnostic tools, resistant plants through breeding and biotechnology, and systems to provide improved management guidelines to growers," Judelson explained.

The UC press release is at