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Marker assisted breeding to produce powdery mildew resistant hop cultivars

University of Kent

Project objectives

Powdery mildew is one of the most important diseases threatening UK hop production. An untreated epidemic of hop powdery mildew leads to significant yield loss and cone spoilage. This project is aiming to develop a new process in order to tag and map the powdery mildew resistance gene to be able to successfully breed new resistant varieties of hops.

Lead Researcher: Helen Cockerton
Industry: Hops
Industry partners: Wye Hops Ltd
Topic: Genetics, Crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds), Breeding
Funded by: Growing Kent & Medway
Project start date: Mar-2023
Project end date: Nov-2023