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World Potato Congress webinar: Aeroponics for nuclear seed potato production in the spotlight

The World Potato Congress will present its next webinar on Thursday, February 18, 2021 with Dr. Peter VanderZaag, a potato farmer in Canada and, due to COVID-19, now an “armchair consultant” involved with numerous potato projects in Asia and Africa.

Dr. VanderZaag’s presentation will be entitled: “Aeroponics for nuclear seed potato production: history, status, and challenges”. It will primarily focus on the development of the technology in China over the last 14 years. Dr. VanderZaag will share some of the major successes and failures of minituber tuber production with aeroponics.

Research work being done collaboratively in Chengdu, China into understanding the complex physiology of the potato plant will also be touched on.

Dr. VanderZaag completed his BSc at Cornell University and his Ph.D. studies at the University of Hawaii. Peter was a regional scientist with the International Potato Center (CIP) in Central Africa, SE Asia, and established the CIP program in China from 1986.

After retiring from CIP, Peter and his wife, Carla, established their own potato farm in Ontario, Canada. The farm is now a multigenerational farm with daughter, Ruth, and son-in-law, Nick as partners.

Peter has spent considerable time with international work, including serving on the Board of Trustees of CIP. For the past six years, Peter also served as a visiting Professor at Yunnan Normal University.

The host for this webinar will be WPC Director, Dr. Nora Olsen ([email protected]). It will take place on February 18, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (USA and Canada).

Register in advance for this webinar: Following your registration for the webinar, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Upcoming 2021 World Potato Congress Webinars

  • March 2021 – Albert Schirring, Strategy Lead Vegetables & Potatoes, Bayer AG
  • April 2021 – Dr. Paul Horne, Director/Entomologist, IPM Technologies PTY, LTD.

Previous World Potato Congress Webinars

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

WPC Inc. looks forward to interacting with you during this initiative. We welcome all your feedback via email: [email protected].

Source: World Potato Congress Inc.
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Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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