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UK: £150k potato storage fellowship cultivates cutting edge fruit research

Capitalising on work from the horticulture sector, Dr Richard Colgan, leading post-harvest physiologist at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), aims to improve the delivery timing of potato crops into the UK retail and processing sector in one of three AHDB Potatoes awarded fellowships. “Storage is key to potato production in Great Britain. Over 3¼ million tonnes are stored every year and crops can spend as long in the store as they do in the ground,” explained Dr Colgan. “It is therefore critical to ensure that the storage phase is cost-effective for businesses and delivers the quality that markets and consumers demand, at the right time.” More

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