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COST Action 817 aims at improving integrated strategies for use of host resistance genes and fungicides to control pathogens spread by wind throughout Europe and thus support European agriculture in its attempt to produce healthy and high quality cereal crops at a low input and in an environmentally safe way. The emphasis is put on the major cereal pathogens in Europe, i.e. powdery mildews, rusts and septoria tritici blotch, on the cereal crops barley and wheat.

To achieve these goals, a detailed knowledge of pathogen populations across Europe is required concerning among other things: how the fungal spores are spread; which selection forces influence the pathogen populations; how these selection forces can be changed by better strategies for the use of resistance genes and fungicides; the frequency of mutations and sexual recombination in the pathogen; how these mechanisms influence the appearance of new pathotypes and how molecular markers can be used for improving our understanding of the genetics of host plant resistance and of pathogen virulence, aggressiveness and fungicide sensitivity. .

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Authors: ÏSTERGAARD H, COST Action 817, Ris° National Laboratory, Department of Plant Biology and Biogeochemistry, Roskilde (DK);COUDERT F, CCE, DG XII/B/1, Brussels (BE);ISTERGAARD H, COST Action 817, Ris? National Laboratory, Department of Plant Biology and Biogeochemistry, Roskilde (DK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19222 EN (2000) 192 pp., EUR 28
Availability: Available from EUR-OP sales agents
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-7712-4
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