Potato is the world’s major tuber crop but it is susceptible to various diseases, compromising production and availability as a staple food. Among them is Tobacco rattle virus, which is transmitted by trichodorid nematodes and can render potato cropping impracticable. Besides this pathogenic agent are the pathogenic potato-cyst-nematode, Globodera spp. (EPPO A-2 Quarantine) and the root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne spp., an emerging nematode to potato. However, knowledge is lacking about these agents and actual cultivars.

The research aims to survey, identify and characterise functionally and ecologically these agents respecting to potato cultivars presently used in the main regions of the tuber production in the Country. Knowledge on protection and sustainable management of this crop will be gathered and will contribute to predict and to prevent potato diseases, by evaluating potential damage and promoting quality, stabilizing national production-consumption and increasing exportation.

Programa Operacional de Competitividade e Internacionalização na sua componente FEDER and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia – OE

Funding

Total: 228,066.32 €

CBMA: 37,746.63 €

Universidade de Coimbra