The Phytopathology & Genetics Study Group is concerned with the study of pests and diseases that adversely affect tobacco (fungi, bacteria, viruses, parasitic plants, nematodes and insects), as well as genetics and breeding.
Study Group promotes investigations and the exchange of data on the occurrence
and spread of pests and diseases, prevention and treatment techniques, and the
development of resistant or otherwise improved genotypes using traditional
breeding programmes and biotechnology. Genetic mapping, molecular markers
and genetic diversity of tobacco also fall under this study group. The
activities of the Study Group play an important role in the reduced use of
agrochemicals, both through resistance breeding and through the dissemination of
information on Integrated Pest Management.
Phytopathology & Genetics in the Press
The Phytopathology & Genetics Study Group comprises the following Sub-Groups and Task Forces:
· Sub-Group Collaborative Study on Blue Mould (BM) (1964)
To undertake collaborative experiment on varieties.
To study the blue mould population.
To work on metalaxyl sensitivity / resistance.
To liaise with AERET for the Blue Mould Warning Service.
· Task Force Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (2005)
To summarize available IPM strategies relevant for each tobacco pest and disease.
To produce a document for agronomists & farmers, structured by disease / pest, and and providing a common outline framework based on relevant IPM methods.
This document to be included on the CORESTA website.
IPM Task Force Web Page
· Sub-Group Virus Diseases (VIR) (2008)
To compare the viral data (1995 to 2011) with climatic / aphid data.
To promote sharing of experience in coping with tobacco virus diseases.
· Task Force Diagnostic Expert System Translation (DEXT) (2011)
To translate into English the tobacco disease diagnostic tool of the ANITTA / ePhytia (INRA) website and make it available on the web.
To provide cross-linking with the IPM Task Force documents.
· Task Force Agro-Phyto Information Collection (APIC) (2012)
To collect and collate existing information and to compile documents which will be posted and updated on the CORESTA website:
Compiling details of all known molecular markers in tobacco, published and unpublished.
Compiling experimental results of studies testing the efficacy of natural alternative products (crop protection agents (CPAs) and fertilizers).
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Any requests for further information and/or convenors' contact details should be addressed to the CORESTA Secretariat (see Contacts).
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