Literature reviews on powdery scab of potatoes


Powdery scab of potato is caused by Spongospora subterranea f sp. subterranea.  The disease is characterized by unsightly pustules covering the tuber surface and renders stocks unsuitable for the pre-pack market, and if the symptoms are very severe, unsuitable for processing due the necessity to remove excess amounts of skin. The disease can cause extensive losses in the British ware crop and can be even more damaging to Scottish seed production.

Literature reviews were produced as part of a programme of work on powdery scab, which included the use of DNA-based diagnostics in disease risk assessment.  

The reviews cover the impact of soil properties on powdery scab and provide summaries of the biology and management of the disease (2008)

01 January 2005 - 31 December 2008
Project leader:
Jenny Brierley, Alison Lees, Stuart Wale


Powdery Scab Review Dec 2008 R262 Review 2005