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Tomato powdery mildew

A new powdery mildew fungus recently became established on tomato crops around the world. Its host range, morphological characteristics and factors influencing infection have been investigated and the fungus identified as Oidium neolycopersici.

Recent group members:

John Whipps

Recent projects:

  • Classification and development of the tomato powdery mildew fungus, Oidium lycopersici (BBSRC) – with Prof Sarah Gurr, Oxford - completed
  • Tomato powdery mildew (Defra) – completed

Selected publications:

JONES, H., WHIPPS, J.M. & GURR, S.J. (2001) The tomato powdery mildew, Oidium neolycopersici. Molecular Plant Pathology 2, 303-310.

JONES, H.E., WHIPPS J.M., THOMAS, B.J., CARVER, T.L.W. & GURR, S.J. (2000). Initial events in the colonization of tomatoes by Oidium lycopersici, a distinct powdery mildew fungus of Lycopersicon species. Canadian Journal of Botany 78, 1361-1366.

WHIPPS, J. M. & BUDGE, S. P. (2000). Effect of humidity in development of tomato powdery mildew Oidium lycopersici in the glasshouse. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 106, 395-397.



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