Source: Agricultural Research Service


Agricultural Research Service scientists are coordinating a unique program to develop new potato lines that resist different biotypes of late blight.


They send 2,500 breeding "clones" annually to Hector Lozoya-Saldana, a collaborator in Chapingo, Mexico, where late blight is endemic. Defender, a 2006 release from the program, has helped growers save on fungicides and other expenses associated with controlling late blight, which attacks the crop's leaves and tubers, rendering the latter unmarketable.

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