Approach and Background DuRPh

Early 2005, Wageningen UR was requested by the interdepartmental Committee Biotechnology to write a research program for a promising project with genetic modification. The project needed to fit into the government's Innovation Agenda and strengthen the competitive ability of the Dutch farming sector. A 'proof of principle' of a potato with a sustainable resistance against late blight developed through marker-free cisgenesis was selected, as both economic and environmental issues are at stake in the control of late blight.

People, Planet, Profit

The guiding principle in this research is People, Planet, Profit. In the potato sector, corporate responsibility means: taking care of consumers, farmers, water managers and other stakeholders (People), the environment (Planet) and the economy (Profit). The DuRPh team expects this project to contribute to a more sustainable potato cultivation, i.e. sustainable in terms of People, Planet and Profit. The potato planting material industry is an important economic sector in the Netherlands and the control of late blight is costly. Less late blight control also means less emissions of environmentally harmful products.

Potato blight


In the DuRPh project, Wageningen UR collaborates with the private sector. DuRPh is also complementary to the Phytophthora Umbrella Plan (2003-2012), funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and potato growers. The DuRPh team also collaborates with the Centre for Biosystems Genomics (CBSG), a network of researchers and companies active in the field of genetics, for example to screen wild potato populations and track suitable resistance genes.