NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Two Blades Foundation today announced that it has formed a research partnership with the Sainsbury Laboratory and ag-bio firm JR Simplot to develop potato varieties with increased resistance to oomycete and bacterial diseases.

Oomycete diseases are fungal infections that include late blight, the disease responsible for the Irish Potato Famine and one that still causes significant yield losses today. Bacterial diseases such as bacterial wilt and soft rot, meanwhile, threaten potato plants in the field and stored potatoes. 

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