Erwinia carotovora and Ralstonia (pseudomanos) solanacearum are major bacterial pathogens of potato and other important plant species. Disease incidence can occur in the field (E. carotovora and R.solanacearum) and during storage (E.carotovora) as well R.solanacearum causing bacterial wilt in potato, is a quarantine phytopathogen in the EU. The problem is especially difficult in case of R.solanacearum because of its many host plants. Black leg and soft rot, the diseases caused by E. carotovora. pose a serious problem in Europe in production of potatoes. Highly sophisticated technical measures allow planting, harvesting and storage of potatoes under optimal conditions. However, export of seed potatoes, which is major commercial application, is strongly affected by occurrence of the pathogen.
As bacterial breeding techniques cannot be successful due to the lack of resistance traits, genetic engineering for the first time allows efficient new approaches in resistance breeding. Objective of the project is the development of new, highly innovative and specific as well as efficient resistance strategies towards Erwinia carotovora and Ralstonia solanacearum targeted at the interaction with specific signaling molecules in the plant-pathogen-interaction.
This proposal gathers together all those scientific groups in Europe being specialized and providing excellent experience in the different aspects of the experimental work necessary to be carried out for achieving the aim of strategy. The application of a set of different scientific technologies and the dedication of all groups to one central problem and goal assembles the experience of six groups to a large interacting research team.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CB2 1QW Cambridge
NG7 2RD Nottingham