Realizing the need to jab at the late blight problem, the Feed the Future Biotechnology Potato Partnership led by Michigan State University has stepped into the ring with the development of a 3 R-gene (R = resistance gene) late blight resistant potato. Somewhat of an anchor punch, not unlike the well-executed, perfectly-timed counter-punch Muhammad Ali used in his historic first round KO over Sonny Liston, this potato contains the insertion of late blight resistant
genes from wild potato varieties to pack a triple threat and send late blight down for the count.
“The expectation of the project is to commercialize and bring to market the 3-R gene potato in farmer-preferred varieties, to small-holder farmers in Bangladesh and Indonesia where light blight is difficult to control and can lead to severe crop loss,”
says Dr. David Douches, Project Director.
“The introduction of this potato is poised to provide food security which is a significant socio-economic benefit for both the farmers and their countries.”
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