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Life Sciences Warwick Crop Centre

We are an internationally recognised centre for translational research in sustainable agriculture, horticulture and food security.

The School of Life Sciences was ranked 2nd in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 “Research Excellence”

smart protect A thematic network for cross regional knowledge sharing of SMART IPM solutions for farmers & advisors.

The aim of this EU funded project is to stimulate knowledge flow in the regional AKISs (Agriculture Knowledge and Innovation Systems) across the EU and connect these on the innovative potential of advanced methodologies for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in vegetable production, integrating precision farming technologies and data analytics.

Rosemary Collier from the Crop Centre is the University of Warwick lead.

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IGS region polymorphisms are responsible for failure of commonly used species-specific primers in Fusarium proliferatum isolates from diseased garlic

Plant Pathology feb20Laura Gálvez, John P. Clarkson and Daniel Palmero

Fusarium proliferatum is a globally distributed fungal pathogen that affects a range of crop hosts and is one of the main producers of mycotoxins in foods such as fumonisins. Specific PCR primers are commonly used for detection and identification of this pathogen. The aim of this study was to validate previously published F. proliferatum‐specific primers targeting the IGS region and characterise intraspecific variation and homologous recombination events for isolates obtained from diseased garlic bulbs in Spain. Our results suggest that the IGS region may be too variable as a reliable target for F. proliferatum‐specific identification.

Plant Pathology. February 2020

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