SASA has a wide range of expertise in fungal disease diagnosis and epidemiology and has considerable experience in development work on a range of diseases.
- scientific and technical advice to Scottish Government Potato Inspection staff and potato growers;
- diagnosis of suspect samples submitted by Scottish Government Potato Inspection staff;
- monitoring of health of Scottish seed potato stocks.
Phoma foveata colonies on air sampled agar plate
Development activities cover a wide range of diseases. For example, past studies have identified the store as a source of contamination for healthy stocks by a number of pathogens; spread of gangrene fungus in aerosols generated by rain; effectiveness of various fungicides controlling tuber rots and blemish diseases; detection of fungicide resistant strains; survival of potato pathogens in field soils, development of test methods to recover tuber pathogens from soil and characterisation of late blight populations in Scotland.
Air sampling in potato stores for skin spot
This work has involved a range of collaborators: IACR Rothamsted, James Hutton Institute, ADAS Consulting Ltd.
View a list of SASA publications on tuber diseases.