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PBL patent on Late Blight resistance granted in EU and US

Plant Bioscience Limited’s patent on late blight resistance genes developed by Jonathan Jones and co-workers at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, England, has been granted in Europe and the United States. The company reports that good progress is also being made in a number of other key territories affected by late blight disease in potatoes.
The patent consists of multiple resistance genes, which provide the ability to protect potatoes and tomatoes against late blight – the devastating disease that causes annual crop losses of about £3 billion. The patent also offers the potential to substantially reduce the use of fungicide applications and increase crop yields.

Source: Spudsmart

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