On September 4th, 2018 in Wageningen a doctoral thesis titled ‘Social-ecological modelling of potato late blight. Managing crop resistance in disease control.’ was defended by Francine Pacilly. Promotor was Prof.dr.ir. Edith Lammerts van Bueren, the former Bioimpuls program leader, now retired.
Interesting for Bioimpuls, or more in general for the use of late blight resistance in potato, is that with the use of social-ecological models the potential occurrence of a break through of the resistance by Phytophthora was studied, and the effectiveness of various additional management measures to prevent or retard the occurrence of such a break through. Varieties with only one single resistance gene clearly posed a risk, whereas varieties with two or more genes reduced that risk impressively. And that is indeed the scope of our current Bioimpuls program, which we would very much like to continue for the years to come.
For further details you can contact Francine Pacilly at Francine Pacilly.