Innate resistance to pests and diseases
Resistance to pests and diseases is the basis for the sustainable and healthy production of agricultural and horticultural crops. The identification and deployment of the genes that drive this process is our ambition in the wheat, banana and potato programs. Clearly, this is only possible by a solid understanding of the fungal diseases that threaten these crops. Septoria leaf blotch in wheat is a major problem in Europe and Northern Africa. Worldwide, banana is threatened by Black Sigatoka and Panama disease whereas the ubiquitous potato late blight threatens global potato production. Our research focuses on the genetic diversity of the fungi that cause these diseases in order to map their spatial distribution.
This fundamental research feeds into solutions that contribute to disease control and consequently to food security. Collaboration with other disciplines and the (inter)national industry is essential for the translation of this know-how into practical applications and products.