Crag in the Media

Peach resistance to powdery mildew hits the headlines

New findings with a promising fungicide-reduction potential arouse the interest of many fruit sector media

The collaborative work between IRTA and CRAG researchers localizing the gene for resistance to powdery mildew in peach trees has drawn the attention of many online specialized media in the agricultural innovation sector, both national (Agroinformación, Red de Intercambio de Conocimiento Agroalimentario-RICA, Valencia Fruits) and international (Freshplaza).

Powdery mildew is a disease that causes great economic losses and a notable environmental impact due to the fungicides used to control it, a fact that has been reported by Agrobank blog and Ibercaja Agroinforma, two agronomic-oriented sites managed by two of the main Spanish financial services companies.

Peach is an important crop especially in temperate regions, where in 2018 more than 24 million tons were produced worldwide. Taking into account that Spain is the fourth peach producing country, it’s no surprise that the Fruiticultura magazine, a Spanish technical publication specialized in the cultivation of fruit trees aimed at the professional and commercial fruit sector, has dedicated a double printed page to this cutting-edge discovery published in the scientific journal Horticulture Research.

Not only specialized outlets have echoed this study, but also generic media such Noticiasde and the local Teruel newspaper, a Spanish region where the highly appreciated Calanda peach is produced, have taken the opportunity to inform about this new finding that provides valuable knowledge for achieving an integrated and more sustainable management of the powdery mildew disease.