Source: PBL newsletter via Seedquest
Plant Biosciences Ltd. and J.R. Simplot Company recently signed a commercial license agreement for genetic discoveries linked to the development of late blight resistant potatoes.
The late blight resistant genes were isolated at the Sainsbury Laboratory in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Jones and co-workers in collaboration with Wageningen University. Late blight is a devastating disease for potato growers causing annual crop losses of several billion dollars. These new late blight resistance genes now offer a real possibility to develop potato lines with long lasting resistance to the late blight fungus.