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First step towards global attack on potato blight

European researchers and companies concerned with the potato disease phytophthora will work more closely with parties in other parts of the world. The first move was made during the biennial meeting of the European network EuroBlight, held in Romania earlier in May. Colleagues from North-America, South-America and Asia were also invited. “They are very interested in our approach; the way we analyse the genetic variation in the field, for example”, says Huub Schepers, phytophthora specialist at Wageningen UR and one of the driving forces behind EuroBlight. “Conversely, we can learn a lot from them. The more we know about this pathogen, the more we can do to devise a comprehensive strategy.” More