Breeding, Pests and Diseases, Research

Battling against crop pests thanks to genetics

Three research groups have recently reported on advances with crop diseases resistance. These related to detecting novel disease resistance genes and the successful transfer of resistance into wheat, soybean, and potato. The work, in each case, was supported by the 2Blades Foundation. The organization has a remit to discover, advance and deliver genetic improvements in crop disease resistance. The work is of importance due to the growing rise in the spread of plant pathogens. Plant pathogens cause global crop losses estimated at around 15 percent, extending, in some cases, to total crop failure. Pathogens can be battled through the use of agrochemicals and with developing resistant crop varieties. However, many types of pathogens can adapt and resists these measures. One way forwards, is through genetics in order to create durable genetic resistances. This is the basis of the newly reported successes. More

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