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New pest and disease resistant potato variety touted as ‘the best in Costa Rica’

Related imageThe Elbe potato variety is said to be the best potato variety bred locally in Costa Rica if compared to other popular varieties, such as the Floresta (white potato), Granola (yellow potato), or Unica varieties (red skin). Elbe was bred over the course of ten years by researcher Arturo Brenes, from the Laboratory of Plant Biotechnologies (LBP) of the Center for Agronomic Research in Costa Rica, and lisenced to Agroservicios del Surco SA. According to Brenes, the variety proves to be largely immune to commonly found pests and diseases in Costa Rica, including late blight and leaf miner, and its resistance will generate significant cost savings for farmers when it comes to output on pesticides and fungicides. Field trials conducted by Brenes confirmed that Elbe wasn’t affected by fungi or soil bacteria either. The variety is said to have a high dry matter content and low levels of reducing sugars, characteristics essential for the potato processing industry. Elbe is high yielding – up to 50 tons per hectare during a 120-day life cycle. More

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