May 30, 2024
Potato Virus Initiative project develops research newsletter

The University of Idaho’s Potato Virus Initiative has created an annual newsletter to keep readers up to date on research nationwide.

Researchers, Extension professionals and certification program officials share information on topics such as new virus management strategies, PVY and PMTV detection methods, breeding development for PVY and PMTV resistance and industry economic incentives.

The University of Idaho’s Potato Virus Initiative has created an annual newsletter to keep readers up to date on research. Image courtesy of University of Idaho.

Michigan State University’s Dr. Dave Douches and Dr. Jaime Willbur are contributors to the project.

The newsletter is available online at the Potato Virus Initiative website.

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative project, directed by University of Idaho professor Alex Karasev, brings together more than 25 potato experts from across the country to address vector-borne tuber necrotic viruses.

PMTV and some strains of PVY elicit necrotic response in tubers, reducing crop value or rendering it unmarketable, according to the university’s website.

Co-project directors are Colorado State University’s Amy Charkowsi, Walter De Jong of Cornell and Oregon State University’s Kenneth Frost.






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