13. Late Blight of Tomato

  1. Rajeev K. Varshney and
  2. Roberto Tuberosa
  1. Marcin Nowicki,
  2. Elżbieta U. Kozik and
  3. Majid R. Foolad

Published Online: 11 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118728475.ch13

Translational Genomics for Crop Breeding: Biotic Stress, Volume 1

Translational Genomics for Crop Breeding: Biotic Stress, Volume 1

How to Cite

Nowicki, M., Kozik, E. U. and Foolad, M. R. (2013) Late Blight of Tomato, in Translational Genomics for Crop Breeding: Biotic Stress, Volume 1 (eds R. K. Varshney and R. Tuberosa), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118728475.ch13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 22 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470962909

Online ISBN: 9781118728475

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Keywords:

  • genetic diversity;
  • genetic resistance;
  • late blight (LB) disease;
  • P. infestans;
  • tomato

Summary

The most sustainable strategy to manage tomato late blight (LB) would be to deploy an integrated system including cultural practices, fungicide application, and the use of cultivars with broad-spectrum genetic resistance against LB. This chapter summarizes the current understanding of Phytophthora infestans. It discusses its effects on tomato production, and the genetics and breeding of LB resistance in tomato. LB has been identified as a major disease of tomato and potato and is one of the most devastating plant diseases of all time. P. infestans can quickly devastate tomato and potato crops at any time during plant ontogeny. The most sustainable strategy for managing tomato LB is to deploy an integrated system including cultural practices, fungicide application, and the use of cultivars with broad-spectrum genetic resistance against LB.