2) Determine the level of Metalaxyl-M resistance in P. belbahrii
3) Dissemination of outputs from project through best practice guidelines, an article in the AHDB Grower Magazine and presentation at appropriate grower meetings
The additional work will befit the industry in two main ways,
i) Establishing whether the occurrence of the pathogen in UK seed stocks leads to crop infection will allow the industry to set in place measures to remove the source of infection. The measures taken will depend on whether the disease is truly seed-borne (systemic) or exists as a contaminant on the seed surface.
ii) Understanding the prevalence of metalaxyl-M resistance within the P. belbahrii population will allow levy payers to evaluate the threat and to adopt or adapt growing practices which will help them best mitigate losses from downy mildew.