Phytophthora infestans: An overview of methods and attempts to combat late blight

Artemii A. Ivanov, Egor O. Ukladov, Tatiana S. Golubeva

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Phytophthora infestans (Mont.) de Bary is one of the main pathogens in the agricultural sector. The most affected are the Solanaceae species, with the potato (Solanum tuberosum) and the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) being of great agricultural importance. Ornamental Solanaceae can also host the pests Petunia spp., Calibrachoa spp., as well as the wild species Solanum dulcamara, Solanum sarrachoides, etc. Annual crop losses caused by this pathogen are highly significant. Although the interaction between P. infestans and the potato has been investigated for a long time, further studies are still needed. This review summarises the basic approaches in the fight against the late blight over the past 20 years and includes four sections devoted to methods of control: (1) fungicides; (2) R-gene-based resistance of potato species; (3) RNA interference approaches; (4) other approaches to control P. infestans. Based on the latest advances, we have provided a description of the significant advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1071
JournalJournal of Fungi
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Late blight
  • Pathogen resistance
  • Phytophthora infestans
  • Potato
  • R-genes
  • Solanum tuberosum


  • 1.06.RQ MYCOLOGY


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