Fight against pathogens
Breeders at KWS are successfully working on the development of Cercospora-tolerant sugarbeet varieties that offer high yields
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Werner Beyer, Head of Resistance Breeding, inspects young sugarbeet plants that have recently been pricked out. This step is important to enable the plants an optimal growth.
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As part of a series of tests in the greenhouse, Werner Beyer and the technical assistant Britta Ahlswede are analyzing Cercospora infection of sugarbeet plants.
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Werner Beyer, Britta Ahlswede und Harald Keunecke, from phytopathology, during the inspection of the test series.
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The infestation with the leaf disease Cercospora is clearly visible on the leaves.
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In the laboratory, Britta Ahlswede und Harald Keunecke are closely examining the Cercospora fungus and other pathogens.
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The pathogens in the Petri dish can be clearly differentiated visually as well. Here you can see Cercospora-isolates are being propagated on petridishes in the lab for greenhouse testing.
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Sugarbeet plants are not only susceptible to fungal leaf diseases, such as Cercospora, but also to diverse yellowing viruses and other pathogens.