Pests and Diseases, Production/Agronomy, Research

Vitamin treatment for potatoes shows promise

Plant biologist Aymeric Goyer worked with postdoctoral student Amber Vinchesi and entomologist Silvia Rondon on a project where they hope to use vitamins to help control diseases in potatoes. Just like vitamins provide people with a natural immune system boost, researchers are testing whether they could benefit potatoes grown in the Hermiston region the same way. For the past year, specialists at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center have been researching whether vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, can help potato plants fight off the two largest threats to the crop: Potato Virus Y and Zebra Chip.


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