The main goal of this project therefore is to develop a resistance breeding method which will allow the breeders to test for resistance against R. solani in marketable potato cultivars/gene pools. To achieve this, we will find characteristics of the potato which correlate with resistance characteristics of potatoes in the field. Based on these characteristics, breeders can test several cultivars for resistance against Rhizoctonia within a short time frame and consider these characteristics in future breeding programs.
Additionally, we will establish a non-chemical control method and develop an application strategy for a fungal antagonist that will be able to suppress the inoculum of R. solani in the field. In addition, we will test the efficiency of a tuber treatment after harvest to prevent the development of sclerotia on tubers during storage.