Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 25, 2006
Publication Date: February 14, 2006
Citation: Halterman, D.A., Jansky, S.H., Bae, J.J. 2006. Latest efforts in late blight and verticillum wilt resistance breeding in potato [abstract]. Wisconsin Annual Potato Meeting. 19:109. Technical Abstract: The interactions between pathogens (viruses, fungi, bacteria, etc.) and their plant hosts occurs at the cellular level. During the infection process, a successful pathogen is able to suppress the plant's innate ability to defend itself, leading to disease. A resistant plant is able to recognize the invading pathogen and "guard" itself against this suppression mechanism and mount more of an active defense response. This resistance is commonly conferred by a single genetic trait (gene), which is specific for a certain pathogen. The identification of resistance genes and an understanding of how they work, therefore, is very important in the fight against a wide range of diseases. Our lab primarily focuses on the interactions and responses that occur when potato is infected with late blight or Verticillium wilt.