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Abertay Univ and Agrico cooperate to develop a better potato using videogaming tech

Videogame technology will be used to help develop the perfect potato as part of a ground-breaking new project involving Abertay University and a major potato seed supplier, reports Richard Mason in a news story published by The National.

The university, based in Dundee, has entered into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Agrico UK Ltd, with the aim of utilising artificial intelligence to shorten what is normally a lengthy and complicated process, taking more than 10 years to breed a new potato variety.

It’s hoped the £118,000 project, funded by Innovate UK and the Scottish Funding Council, will devise screening techniques that will help select potatoes with clear consumer appeal and qualities that make them easy to grow.

Dr Paul Robertson, from Abertay’s School of Design and Informatics, added: “Abertay has an international reputation for its work in videogame technology and we’re excited to be able to use it in such a unique way.”

Source: The National. Read the full story here
Photo: Dr John Grigor from Abertay’s Division of Engineering and Food Science | The National

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