Plant Pathology

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Online ISSN: 1365-3059

Associated Title(s): Molecular Plant Pathology

Virtual Issue - Potato Blight

Potato blight


This virtual issue of PLANT PATHOLOGY contains reviews and articles on the potato late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans. As one of the most infamous plant pathogens in history, this oomycete continuous to cause devastation to potato crops worldwide, and requires extensive use of chemical sprays to keep it under control. Recent sequencing of the P. infestans genome has resulted in rapid advances in our understanding of this pathogen at the molecular level. In this virtual issue we are focussing on population structures of potato late blight based on studies from different parts of the World, including molecular methods for tracking populations and developments in molecular diagnostics. We also include some articles on control strategies, and an article and two letters to the Editor on species boundaries within the genus Phytophthora based on the case of Phytophthora andina, a newly identified pathogen of solanaceous hosts found in the Andes. These articles provide useful links to other published papers on these pathogens, and we hope that bringing these papers together into a single virtual issue will help to highlight the significant recent research on these pathogens, and provide a valuable resource.


Review Articles


Vol 62 Supplement

The hard life of Phytophthora infestans: when trade-offs shape evolution in a biotrophic plant pathogen (pages 28–35) D. Andrivon, J. Montarry, R. Corbière, C. Pasco, I. Glais, B. Marquer, J. A. J. Clément, M. Castel and F. M. Hamelin

DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12164

Vol 62.3

What is the evidence for sexual reproduction of Phytophthora infestans in Europe? (pages 485–491) J. E. Yuen and B. Andersson

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02685.x

Original Articles

Vol 62.3

Evidence for presence of the founder Ia mtDNA haplotype of Phytophthora infestans in 19th century potato tubers from the Rothamsted archives (pages 492–500) J. B. Ristaino, C. H. Hu and B. D. L. Fitt

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02680.x

Vol 62.4

Population structure of Phytophthora infestans in China – geographic clusters and presence of the EU genotype Blue_13 (pages 932–942) Y. Li, T. van der Lee, J. H. Zhu, G. H. Jin, C. Z. Lan, S. X. Zhu, R. F. Zhang, B. W. Liu, Z. J. Zhao, G. Kessel, S. W. Huang and E. Jacobsen

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02687.x

Vol 63.1

Diversity of Phytophthora infestans from Poland (pages 203–211) M. Chmielarz, S. Sobkowiak, K. Dębski, D. E. L. Cooke, M. B. Brurberg and J. Śliwka

DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12076

Vol 62.1

Phytophthora infestans populations in central, eastern and southern African countries consist of two major clonal lineages (pages 154–165) B. B. Pule, J. C. Meitz, A. H. Thompson, C. C. Linde, W. E. Fry, S. D. Langenhoven, K. L. Meyers, D. S. Kandolo, N. C. van Rij and A. McLeod

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02608.x

Vol 62.5

Large subclonal variation in Phytophthora infestans populations associated with Ecuadorian potato landraces (pages 1081–1088) R. A. Delgado, A. R. Monteros-Altamirano, Y. Li, R. G. F. Visser, T. A. J. van der Lee and B. Vosman

DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12039

Vol 60.5

Tracking Phytophthora infestans with SSR markers within and between seasons – a field study in Sweden (pages 938–945)  A.-K. Widmark, B. Andersson, M. Sandström and J. E. Yuen

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2011.02446.x

Vol 62.4

Generation of pathogenic F1 progeny from crosses of Phytophthora infestans isolates differing in ploidy (pages 708–718) B. H. Hamed and U. Gisi

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02655.x

Vol 61.5

Development of a quantitative real-time PCR assay for Phytophthora infestans and its applicability to leaf, tuber and soil samples (pages 867–876) A. K. Lees, L. Sullivan, J. S. Lynott and D. W. Cullen

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2011.02574.x

Vol 60.5Top of page Review

Stability and variability of virulence of Phytophthora infestans assessed in a ring test across European laboratories (pages 556–565) D. Andrivon, J. Avendaño-Córcoles, A. M. Cameron, S. F. Carnegie, L. R. Cooke, R. Corbière, D. Detourné, L. J. Dowley, D. Evans, K. Forisekova, D. G. Griffin, A. Hannukkala, A. K. Lees, R. Lebecka, F. Niepold, Z. Polgar, D. S. Shaw, J. Thompson, B. Trognitz, H. M. G. van Raaij and E. Zimnoch-Guzowska

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2010.02392.x

Vol 62.5

Influence of genetic background and plant age on expression of the potato late blight resistance gene Rpi-phu1 during incompatible interactions with Phytophthora infestans (pages 1072–1080) J. Śliwka, M. Świątek, I. Tomczyńska, E. Stefańczyk, M. Chmielarz and E. Zimnoch-Guzowska

DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12018

Vol 63.1

Activation of defence responses to Phytophthora infestans in potato by BABA (pages 193–202) T. Bengtsson, A. Holefors, J. Witzell, E. Andreasson and E. Liljeroth

DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12069

Vol 59.4

Phytophthora andina sp. nov., a newly identified heterothallic pathogen of solanaceous hosts in the Andean highlands (pages 613–625) R. F. Oliva, L. P. N. M. Kroon, G. Chacon, W. G. Flier, J. B. Ristaiona and G. Forbes

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2010.02287.x


Letters to the Editor

Vol 61.2

Defining species boundaries in the genus Phytophthora: the case of Phytophthora andina A response to ‘Phytophthora andina sp. nov., a newly identified heterothallic pathogen of solanaceous hosts in the Andean highlands’ (Oliva et al., 2010) (pages 215–220) M. Cárdenas, J. Tabima, W. E. Fry, N. J. Grünwald, A. Bernal and S. Restrepo

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2011.02530.x


A rebuttal to the letter to the editor concerning ‘Defining species boundaries in the genus Phytophthora: the case of Phytophthora andina’ (pages 221–223)  G. A. Forbes, J. B. Ristaino, R. F. Oliva and W. Flier

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2011.02560.x