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Renowned Idaho researcher protects potato quality

Potato researcher Dr Nora Olsen helps make sure Idaho’s potatoes stay in the best possible shape as they move from field to storage cellar to customer, reports Capital Press.

But maintaining the overall quality of Idaho potatoes is a priority area of study for Nora Olsen.

Recent findings include that slight changes to growing and harvesting procedures, and to conditions inside the storage cellar, can help keep potatoes looking and yielding their best — even in varieties most susceptible to virus or impact damage.

“We want to identify areas where growers can make the greatest impact in minimizing quality issues, with certain management options growers might use,” Olsen said.

Researcher Nora Olsen helps make sure Idaho’s potatoes stay in the best possible shape as they move from field to storage cellar to customer.

Lately, the Kimberly-based University of Idaho potato specialist is also studying how conditions such as Potato Virus Y, and the Tobacco Rattle and Potato Mop viruses, impact productivity and quality.

Olsen and other researchers from major potato-producing states are studying viruses, including how they impact particular varieties and whether some potatoes are at increased risk of quality degradation with time in storage. New strains of the plant pathogen Potato Virus Y are on the rise.

Read the full report on Nora Olsen’s work on Capital Press here

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