Phytophthora disease resistance trials continue 2020-07-13
During the COVID-19 pandemic researchers are searching for a 'silver bullet' to protect mankind against the deadly virus. Similarly, plant pathologists and tree breeders are constantly aiming to develop trees species resistant to various pests and pathogens which devastate commercially-managed forests and cause substantial economic losses. Various species of Phytophthora are amongst these plant pathogens that cause serious damage to the managed forest environments in South Africa and globally. FABI’s Dr Tanay Bose, a postdoctoral Fellow under the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and in partnership with Sappi Forests has been running Phytophthora disease resistance trials for identifying tolerant Eucalyptus clones. As a part of these ongoing trials, Tanay visited Sappi's Shaw Research Centre in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal during the week of 6 July. During this visit, Tanay, Sandisiwe Jali (Field Extension Officer, TPCP), Rosa Knopperson and Wayne Jones (Programme Leader: Seed Technology, Sappi) inoculated various commercially-important clones of Eucalyptus nitens and E. smithii with P. cinnamomi and P. alticola. This trial will run until October this year.