The focus of Elm Farm Research Centre’s contribution to Blight MOP is the development of appropriate diversification strategies; this means understanding the ecological and epidemiological consequences of growing more than one variety or even species (e.g. potatoes and wheat) in the same field at the same time. It is hoped that synergism between diversification strategies, variety resistance, agronomic strategies and alternative treatments will provide a sustainable strategy of preventing late blight and stabilising yields in organic production systems. EFRC’s focus fits closely with the research agenda at EFRC of introducing functional biodiversity into cropping systems as a means of buffering growers against risk.
For the published paper in Annals of Applied Biology, 2005 click here.