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Webinar - SCEPTREplus outcomes for field vegetable growers
Thursday, 14th April, 4-6 pm in Microsoft Teams.
The SCEPTREplus programme researched sustainable plant protection products for use in horticulture. Its aim was to deliver applied research on high priority disease, pest and weed problems in fresh produce and ornamental crops in order to support the approval of products and develop integrated pest management programmes. The SCEPTREplus programme itself ended on 31st March 2022. This event celebrated and summarised the output of a very successful 5-year programme by highlighting the new crop protection solutions identified by the project across a range of field vegetable crops.
Quantitative trait locus mapping of resistance to turnip yellows virus in Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea and introgression of these resistances by resynthesis into allotetraploid plants for deployment in Brassica napus.
Turnip yellows virus (TuYV) is aphid-transmitted and causes considerable yield losses in oilseed rape (OSR, Brassica napus, genome: AACC) and vegetable brassicas. We report the identification, characterisation, and mapping of TuYV resistance in the diploid progenitor species of OSR, Brassica rapa (genome: AA), and Brassica oleracea This is the first report of TuYV resistance mapped in the Brassica C genome and of an allotetraploid AACC line possessing dual resistance to TuYV originating from both of its progenitors. The introgression into OSR can now be accelerated, utilising marker-assisted selection, and this may reduce selection pressure for TuYV isolates that are able to overcome existing sources of resistance to TuYV.