‘I’ve always been quite optimistic, but after this year I’ve become a bit more pessimistic’, said WUR researcher Geert Kessel during a recent Nedelandse webinar on the preservation of resistances in robust varieties. What worries him most is the combination of the high Phytophthora pressure in the past growing season and the fast moving adaptability of the oomycete. The use of cisgenesis methods such as CRISPR-CAS could be an answer to this, according to Geert Kessel.
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