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Late Blight Research at CIP

The objective of this CIP's late blight research is to develop, adapt, and integrate technologies for the management of late blight (LB) caused by Phytophthora infestans, the most devastating potato disease in Latin America.  Conventional and molecular breeding methods are used to produce advanced breeding populations and clones with durable resistance to LB.  Molecular tools are used to characterize the genetic structure of pathogen populations.  Additional component technologies are being developed for disease management under the conditions encountered by resource-poor farmers.  Integrated disease management methods are being designed and implemented through collaboration with national research systems, governmental and non-governmental extension agencies, and farmers.  Agricultural information systems and farmer knowledge are studied with participatory research methodology. 

There is a very general description of CIP's LB work on the CIP Web page.  Here are some links with a bit more detail.

Quite a lot of CIP's late blight reserach has been done at the Santa Catalina station in Quito, Ecuador.  There is more information about that at the CIP Quito web page.