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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Cercospora Leaf Spot of Sugarbeet: New Tools to Study An Old Foe.

Author
item Weiland, John

Submitted to: Sugar Producer Magazine
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: July 9, 2002
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Cercospora leaf spot continues to cause significant yield or dollar losses to sugarbeet growers. In other crops, the use of molecular biology technologies have been providing new answers to old disease issues. Using molecular approaches, the genetic relatedness of Cercospora isolates recovered from sugarbeet is being determined. In addition, the basis for plant destruction by this fungus is being elucidated using molecular tools. Future implementation of this information will be in the potential production of genetically-modified sugarbeet with enhanced disease resistance. In addition, the movement of strains of Cercospora in growers will be easier to track with molecular techniques.

Technical Abstract: Cercospora leaf spot continues to cause significant yield or dollar losses to sugarbeet growers. In other crops, the use of molecular biology technologies have been providing new answers to old disease issues. Using molecular approaches, the genetic relatedness of Cercospora isolates recovered from sugarbeet is being determined. In addition, the basis for plant destruction by this fungus is being elucidated using molecular tools. Future implementation of this information will be in the potential production of genetically-modified sugarbeet with enhanced disease resistance. In addition, the movement of strains of Cercospora in growers will be easier to track with molecular techniques.

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