University of Dundee

Latest News for 09/2019

July 2019

  • Dr Ingo Hein in a greenhouse with potato plants (image credit: Roger Hyam)
    26 Jul 2019

    Potatoes have been a staple of Britain’s diet for half a millennium, but new research suggests that limited genetic differences in potato lineages has left British and American spuds vulnerable to the disease that caused the Irish potato famine. Plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute have revealed that commercial potato crops are under constant threat of late blight, the pathogen behind one of Europe’s most devastating famines, but wild potato genes might be the cure.

November 2018

  • Microscopy image of blight infection
    08 Nov 2018

    Scientists at the James Hutton Institute, in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Huazhong Agricultural University, Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (both China) and Wageningen University (Netherlands), have shed further light into the mechanisms through which the potato blight pathogen interacts with plant cells to promote disease.

September 2018