"Such a genetically plastic pathogen can break through the defences of resistant plants relatively easily," said Wageningen UR representative Erik Toussaint. "Combining sets of multiple resistance genes from related species, introduced into the crop via, for instance, genetic engineering, together with proper monitoring of the pathogen and timely application of combined resistance genes, will allow cultivars to retain their resistance in the long term." This is also likely to hold true for other crop pathogens, he added.
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Whiteflies are sap-sucking insects that can be found in high numbers on protected crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, chrysanthemum, fuchsia, abutilon and gerbera. They can also attack outdoor crops including brassicas.
Accurate identification is key to tackling this serious plant disease.
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