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Kenyan scientists develop potato varieties resistant to PCN

Scientists in Kenya have reportedly developed potato varieties that are resistant to potato cyst nematodes (PCN) in what promises to change fortunes of farmers in the country and across Africa, according to a news report by Xinhua in Nairobi.

The scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in a statement on Tuesday said besides resistance to PCN, the new varieties are early-maturing.

“We have come up with varieties that are early-maturing and have a short dormancy, which are key characteristics of most popular variety currently being grown by farmers, as well as being high-yielding compared to the current local varieties,” said Danny Coyne, a professor of soil at IITA.

Solveig Haukeland, a nematologist at ICIPE, said identifying a new variety, which is resistant to PCN, early maturing and gives a good yield, is highly regarded on the market and will change the fortunes of potato farmers on the continent.

Source: Xinhua
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