Plant Disease (2018) 102, 1148-1153

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S.K.R. Yellareddygari, Jonathan L. Whitworth and Neil C. Gudmestad (2018)
Assessing potato cultivar sensitivity to tuber necrosis caused by Potato mop-top virus
Plant Disease 102 (6), 1148-1153
Abstract: Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) causes mop top disease in potato. This disease can result in a decline in tuber quality causing economic losses to growers due to the production of necrotic lesions and discolored tissue in infected tubers. Due to the soilborne nature of PMTV, identifying and developing host resistance against the virus is considered the best disease management option. Very little is known about the sensitivity of U.S. potato cultivars to PMTV-induced tuber necrosis. The current study is aimed at investigating the sensitivity of a large number of potato cultivars to PMTV-induced tuber necrosis. Sixty-three cultivars representing all market-types were evaluated in North Dakota over a 2-year period for virus-induced tuber necrosis incidence and severity. PMTV-induced tuber necrosis (P < 0.0001) and severity (P < 0.0001) were significantly different among cultivars. Cultivars were categorized into sensitive, insensitive, and moderately sensitive/insensitive groups based on the virus-tuber induced necrosis data from both years. Based on data from ND trials, six cultivars (Red Endeavor, Viking, Dakota Jewel, Dark Red Norland, Nicolet, and Modoc) were rated as sensitive and 43 were rated as insensitive to PMTV-induced tuber necrosis. Four cultivars, including Bannock Russet, Gemstar Russet, Lelah, and Waneta showed zero PMTV incidence over 2 years. These results will help growers in making individual or coordinated decisions for the management of PMTV-induced tuber necrosis under field and storage conditions.
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resistance/tolerance/defence of host


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Potato mop-top virus Potato (Solanum tuberosum) U.S.A. (mid N)