Potato Research

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 401–404 | Cite as

Evaluation in pot and field trials of resistance of potato cultivars and breeding lines to common scab caused byStreptomyces scabies

  • Laetitia Marais
  • René Vorster
Short Communication


The resistance to common scab of nine cultivars and eight advanced breeding lines of potatoes, fiveSolanum andigenum Juz. et Buk. clones, and three potato breeding lines selected for resistance to common scab, was investigated in a field and a pot trial. In the pot trial potaroes were planted in inoculated coarse river sand in plastic pots (150 mm in diameter) placed on irrigated subsoil in a glassfibre house. In a field trial potatoes were planted in an artificially infested field. The harvested tubers were scored individually for scab incidence according to two scales, viz. a 1–5 point scale for percentage surface covered with scab and a 1–3 point scale for lesion type. A scab index value was calculated for each tuber. A significant correlation coefficient of 0.82 was obtained for the results of the two tests.

Additional keywords

Solanum tuberosum Solanum andigenum scab index correlation coefficient 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laetitia Marais
    • 1
  • René Vorster
    • 1
  1. 1.Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Research InstitutePretoriaSouth Africa

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