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Potato tuber blemish diseases central in WPC webinar

February 24, 2023

On February 28, 2023 at 9.00am Eastern Standard Time, the World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC) presents a webinar by senior potato pathologist Dr. Alison Lees, entitled “Potato Tuber Blemish Diseases: Status and Management”.

‘Potato blemish diseases are often considered collectively, but are caused by unrelated pathogens with specific epidemiological characteristics and are each individually influenced by environmental conditions and management practices. Similarly, losses due to reduced yield and quality, and the relative importance placed on the diseases, are variable with management practices varying according to local practices and regulations’, WPC outlines. The organisation announces that, with these points in mind, senior potato pathologist Lees will review the status of some of the prevalent potato skin blemish diseases such as black dot, silver scurf and black scurf and the research findings in relation to options for effective disease control.

Integrated management of potato diseases

Dr. Lees is leading the Epidemiology & Disease Control research group at The James Hutton Institute in Dundee, Scotland. Next to a PhD in wheat diseases obtained from Harper Adams University College & The John Innes Centre, she has 27 years of research experience focusing primarily on the epidemiology, detection and integrated management of a wide range of potato diseases, including late blight and the soil-borne diseases powdery scab, black dot and rhizoctonia. The WPC points out that Lees has a particular interest in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), provides pathology support to potato breeders, is a coordinator of Euroblight, co-leads the IPM@Hutton initiative and manages the Scottish Government-funded Strategic Research Programme for Plant Health. You can register for this webinar in advance and/or find more information on upcoming and passed webinars organized by the WPC on their website.

Update – The webinar by Dr. Alison Lees is now available for replay:


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