The Global Initiative on Late Blight (GILB) is a worldwide concerted response to potato late blight, the most devastating disease that threatens potato crops worldwide. GILB is a network of researchers, technology developers and agricultural knowledge agents that serves as a platform to exchange ideas and opinions, and facilitates communication and access to information. Although GILB incorporates partners worldwide, its primary aim is to improve management of late blight in developing countries.
Planning for Concerted Action on late blight
A group of 29 late blight researchers and other specialists met at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy from 16 - 20 Nov, 2009 to plan for greater coordination in research and development aimed at reducing the devastating effects of late blight on potato and tomato caused by the pathogen Phytophthora infestans.