Characterization of the diversity, genetics and genomics of common scab causing Streptomyces spp. in eastern Canada
Common scab is a world-wide potato disease that is responsible for important economic losses. The control of the disease is difficult and soil fumigation is often the only approach available. In Atlantic Canada, crop losses associated with common scab are economically important and the disease has been progressing in severity. Therefore, Dr. Filion, in association with Cavendish Farms, is working on the characterization of the diversity, genetics and genomics of Streptomyces spp. causing common scab of potato. This characterization is essential to identify the most prevalent strains of Streptomyces spp. displaying high virulence, to characterize the genetic determinants responsible for it and to develop reliable diagnostics tools allowing the detection and quantification of these strains under field conditions. Atlantic Canada has the potential to become a worldwide leader in this field of research.