DURABLE LATE BLIGHT RESISTANT POTATO VARIETIES THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY

Published on 6 October 2010

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Start Date: 1 November 2009 | End Date: 1 September 2015

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Ever since the well-known Irish famine in the 19th century, late blight continues to be a devastating disease of the potato worldwide unless controlled by fungicides. Their cost and threat on farmers’ health make efforts to develop resistance to this disease our top priority at the International Potato Center (CIP). We propose to engineer resistance to late blight in potato using direct transfer of several resistance (R) genes from the potato germplasm (wild species that are difficult to use in breeding but relate to the wild potato germplasm).

The LBr Potato project was initially started in 2007 at the CIP biotech facilities (Applied Biotechnology Laboratory) in Peru. It is, however, targeting important regions of potato production in sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, direct transfer of R genes into African-relevant varieties and subsequent testing has to take place in the targeted countries. We propose to focus on Kenya considering the importance of potato to poor farmers, the operational bio-safety regulation, and the excellent biotechnology facilities at Biosciences east and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub.

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2 Responses to “DURABLE LATE BLIGHT RESISTANT POTATO VARIETIES THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY”

  1. Dear sir
    I am a scientist working on potato crop to develop a new variety at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute. Now this time I am not well knowledge about resistant breeding specially on late blight of potato.

    I, therefore humble request to give a training opportunity on how to develop a resistant variety/ resistant breeding for build up a better nation for better life.

    Md. Shafiqul Islam
    Scientific Officer (Plant Breeding)
    Agriculture Research Station
    Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute
    Burirhat, Rangpur, Bangladesh
    E-Mail: shafiqul.i@bari.gov.bd

  2. Giulio Cappadona says:

    Good evening sir,

    I am a student in Plant biotechnology at Wageningen University with the specialization in plant breeding and pathology and I am looking for an intership (4 months) experience. I like the topic of the project, and I was wondering if there is the chance to do my intership with you starting in April 2015. Looking forward to hear from you.

    Kind regards
    Giulio Cappadona

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