Indexed on: 01 Jan '92Published on: 01 Jan '92Published in: Euphytica
The potato has more characters of economic importance that need to be considered by the breeder than any other temperate crop. In Europe these include resistance to at least twelve major diseases and pests. Highest priority has been given to resistance to late blight (Phytophthora infestans), virus diseases (particularly those caused by potato leafroll virus and potato virus Y) and potato cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis andG. pallida). Useful sources of resistance are available and early generation screening techniques have been developed to allow positive selection for multiple resistance and the breeding value of clones used as parents to be determined. Progress in restriction fragment length polymorphism technology should result in more efficient selection in the future.