Restrictions on the use of pesticides mean that there is a need for new, sustainable pest control methods.
Exploiting natural plant disease resistance is a highly attractive alternative.
However, the use of crop resistance is bound by:
- the limited number of resistance sources
- the frequent breakdown of resistance due to rapid evolution of pathogens
Both issues can now be addressed thanks to the recent unprecedented progress in research on plants and their pathogens.
This COST Action aims to create a European network of scientists and breeders working together to turn breakthroughs in plant-pathogen interaction research into effective breeding strategies for durable disease resistance in cereal and Solanaceous crops which are of primary importance for European agriculture.