Potato is one of the world’s most important food crops and seriously threatened by major pests like cyst and root-knot nematodes, microscopic roundworms that feed on the roots.
Nematode control highly depends on resistant varieties due to the recent ban on nematicides. However, resistance-breaking nematode populations are an emerging problem in potato growing areas. So, there is an urgent demand for new sources of nematode resistance. Only a limited number of nematode resistance traits is known, which are often based on multiple genes. The aim of the public-private collaborative project NEMATODEFENCE is to develop a high-throughput (HTP) platform for marker assisted selection (MAS) of complex resistance loci using Next Generation Sequencing technology to breed for new potato varieties with broad-spectrum nematode resistance.