Interactions Between Candidatus liberibacter and Potato Virus Y in Russet Burbank Potatoes

Student Name: 
Alex Kuang
UCD Department: 
Plant Pathology
UCD Mentor: 
Dr. Clare Casteel

Liberibacter candidatus (LSO) is a bacteria causing extensive damage to potatoes. Potato Virus Y (PVY) one of the most prominent viruses affecting all potato crops grown in America. The insect vectors for both pathogens are often found on the same harvest at different times, and this study seeks a relationship between LSO and PVY in which one may be facilitating the other. If such a connection is found, treatment for one pathogen may remedy the other as well. Further research may lead to a lesser need for pesticides and an increased crop yield.