Differential interaction of Phytophthora infestans on tubers of potato cultivars with different levels of blight resistance

W.G. Flier, L.J. Turkensteen, G.B.M. van den Bosch, P.F.G. Vereijken, A. Mulder

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    Abstract

    Differential interactions in tuber blight attack between potato cultivars and Phytophthora infestans isolates were studied using whole tuber and tuber slice assays. Tuber blight incidence and severity were studied in a whole tuber assay, whilst necrosis and mycelium coverage were evaluated in a tuber slice assay. The overall defence reaction of the potato cultivars tested varied considerably. Cultivars like Kartel and Producent showed resistant reactions, whilst Bintje and, to a lesser extent, Astarte reacted more susceptibly after inoculation with aggressive strains of P. infestans. A highly significant cultivar by year interaction was observed when tuber blight incidence was evaluated in two successive years. Differential responses were revealed by changing ranked order of cultivars after exposure to aggressive isolates of P. infestans. The results show that cultivar by isolate interactions existed for all components of tuber blight resistance studied. The quantitative nature of the observed resistance responses suggests the presence of quantitative trait loci governing resistance to tuber blight. The consequences of differential interactions in relation to the stability of tuber resistance are discussed
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)292-301
    JournalPlant Pathology
    Volume50
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

    • netherlands
    • population
    • rot

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