Verticillium wilt is a vascular disease predominantly caused by the soil-borne fungi Verticillium dahliae and Verticillium albo-atrum. Most of the commercial potato cultivars grown in the USA are susceptible to Verticillium, resulting in significant crop losses. Development of new cultivars with resistance gene(s) against the pathogen can be assisted with molecular marker technology that allows identification and tracking of resistance genes. In tomato, resistance to Verticillium dahliae is conferred by two closely linked genes (Ve1, Ve2) that were mapped to chromosome 9. We have employed primers that amplify the leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain from tomato Ve1 and Ve2 genes. Verticillium resistance gene homologues have been detected in resistant cv. 'Reddale' when using these primers and genomic DNA as a template. Deduced amino acid sequence shared high identity with Ve1 (87%-90%) and Ve2 (88%-91%) tomato resistance genes. The StVe1 - a potato homologue to the Ve1 gene - mapped to the genomic position corresponding to the tomato Ve1 gene. Microsatellite markers linked to the StVe1 have been used to screen 48 (mostly) tetraploid genotypes of various pedigrees. One of the tested markers showed high linkage with Verticillium resistance (p< 0.001). The correlation is mainly based on the complete absence of resistant genotypes that lack the STM1051 marker (μ190bp size band). The STM1051 marker has a potential use in the detection of genotypes that are susceptible to Verticillium. Our results suggest that there may be a direct evolutionary relationship between Verticillium resistance genes in potato and tomato.