Project

Conditions relevant to plant susceptibility for virus infections

Plant damage upon viral infection is highly dependent on the susceptibility or tolerance of the plant for the specific virus. Infection of a plant with a virus usually results in plant damage. The severity of the damage strongly depends on the susceptibility or tolerance of the plant for the specific virus.

A plant with induced resistance has enhanced tolerance to the virus and has fewer virus symptoms. This keeps the economic damage limited, despite the existence of a viral infection.

This project focuses on strengthening the resistance against plant viruses by modifying (a)biotic growth or plant conditions resulting in an enhanced tolerance to the plant virus. The circumstances or stimuli that can potentially increase induced resistance against plant viruses, will be summarized in a report (result phase 1). In phase 2, the effectiveness of selected experimental conditions or stimuli on induced resistance against plant viruses will be determined.

Growers are currently unable to control or increase tolerance or resistance to plant viruses. This project aims to change this and provide possibilities for action.