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Bioscience researchers defeating potato blight

Researchers funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative have made a discovery that could instigate a paradigm shift in breeding resistance to late blight (Phytophthora infestans) - a devastating disease of potatoes and tomatoes costing the industry £5-6Bn a year worldwide.

By studying the interactions between P. infestans and potato plants the team has identified proteins that are secreted by the invading pathogen and are essential for infection.

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