Chinese and Scottish researchers are to work together and explore joint solutions to potato breeding and to pests and diseases that cause major losses to farmers and industry across the world.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, part of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and the James Hutton Institute, during Potatoes in Practice 2019.
IVF-CAAS is the largest national agricultural research institution undertaking agricultural research in China on flowers and vegetables including potato. The agreement seeks to strengthen collaboration on potato research and breeding.
It is hoped that the new links will result in the development of improved potato varieties, as well as the exploration of novel disease resistance sources to late blight using modern biotechnology.
Potatoes in Practice is the UK’s largest field-based potato event, bringing together new variety trials, latest research, machinery demonstrations and trade exhibits in one place. It is organised annually by the James Hutton Institute in partnership with AHDB Potatoes, SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) and Agrii, and is also supported by Potato Review magazine.