European Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 101, Issue 4, pp 387–397 | Cite as

Durable resistance to late blight (Phytophthora infestans) in old potato cultivars

  • L. T. Colon
  • L. J. Turkensteen
  • W. Prummel
  • D. J. Budding
  • J. Hoogendoorn
Research Articles


Twenty-two R gene-free cultivars, introduced between 1900 and 1954, were field-tested for their level of partial resistance to a complex race ofPhytophthora infestans. Disease assessments, expressed as areas under the disease progress curve, appeared closely correlated to resistance ratings given between 1929 and 1954. This, and the stability in time since 1929 of the ratings in the Dutch Descriptive List of Varieties of Field Crops, suggest that the resistance concerned is durable. Lesion growth rate was found to be a very important component of resistance in these cultivars and also in more recently introduced ones, whereas latent period varied little between the cultivars. The most resistant cultivars were Robijn, Populair, Pimpernel, Libertas and Surprise, which were also among the latest maturing in the material. These five cultivars are closely related and may have the same resistance genes.

Key words

breeding latent period lesion growth rate Solanum tuberosum 



area under the disease progress curve


lesion growth rate


latent period


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. T. Colon
    • 1
  • L. J. Turkensteen
    • 2
  • W. Prummel
    • 3
  • D. J. Budding
    • 1
  • J. Hoogendoorn
    • 1
  1. 1.DLO-Centre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research (CPRO-DLO)WageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.DLO-Research Institute for Plant Protection (IPO-DLO)WageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Agrico ResearchEmmeloordThe Netherlands

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