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World Potato Congress webinar with James Hutton Institute potato specialist

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is pleased to present its next webinar on December 15,  2020 with Dr Mark Taylor, Co-leader of Potato Genetics and Molecular Physiology, at The James Hutton Institute in the UK. The theme of the webinar is: “Developing the Pipeline from Genomics to New Products“.

Dr Taylor’s presentation will highlight some of the key challenges in developing new potato varieties that could deliver the full potential of the crop. Recent achievements in overcoming some the obstacles to improving varieties will be reviewed briefly and important traits for the future considered.

Approaches to understanding responses to abiotic stresses will be outlined during Dr. Taylor’s presentation, and as an example, results from heat stress experiments will be presented.

Central to many aspects of yield development is the control of the potato tuber life cycle, from tuber initiation to sprouting. Recent progress in our understanding of this cycle will be described.

The host for this webinar will be WPC Director, Dr. Nora Olsen ([email protected]). To register in advance for this webinar on December 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (USA and Canada) go to:

Following your registration for the webinar, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About Dr Mark Taylor

Dr. Taylor completed his undergraduate and PhD studies in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Birmingham. After post-doctoral research at the University of London, Royal Holloway College and University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Scottish Crop Research Institute (predecessor of the James Hutton Institute) in 1989 to lead studies in crop molecular physiology.

The main thrust of Mark’s research has been on understanding the molecular basis of quality and developmental traits in potato.  A wide range of contemporary approaches, including transcriptomics, and phytochemical analysis, exploiting variation in traits of interest in germplasm collections and using transgenic models as proof of function are being used to investigate quality and developmental traits.

Upcoming WPC webinars

January 14, 2021 – Mr. Todd Forbush, Storage Systems Engineer, Techmark Inc., USA
February 18, 2021 – Dr. Eugenia Banks, Potato Specialist, Ontario Potato Board, Canada
March 2021 –  Albert SchirringStrategy Lead Vegetables & PotatoesBayer AG
April 2021 – Dr. Paul Horne, Director/ Entomologist
IPM Technologies Pty Ltd

In case you missed any of the previous webinars, you can view them all on the World Potato Congress Inc. website at

Source: World Potato Congress
Email: [email protected].
Cover photo: James Hutton Institute

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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