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POTPAT - About the project


Project financed  by Norwegian funds in the frame of Polish-Norwegian Research Program 

Title: Potato pathogen populations in changing climatic conditions of Norway and Poland and the mechanisms of their interaction with host

Acronym: POTPAT

Duration: 01.08.2013-31.07.2016

Number: Pol-Nor/202448/28/2013

Program Operator: National Centre for Research and Development


The potato is one of the most important crop worldwide. The annual potato harvest in Poland is estimated at 8 700 000 tons, while 321 100 tons were produced in Norway in 2010. Climate change has a significant impact on agriculture today, especially on plant pathogens. 
The project will focus on the two important pathogens of potato: Phytophthora infestans causing late blight and bacteria Pectobacterium spp. and Dickeya spp. causing black leg and soft rot 
of tubers. Chemical protection against late blight is expensive and has a negative impact for the natural environment. However, for bacterial diseases there are no chemical and biological methods 
of protection, therefore the only solution is production of disease–free seeds.


Foto: Ragnhild Nærstad 

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