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The buzz on diploid potatoes

Diploid potato breeding, and producing varieties from true potato seed, has been getting a lot of attention in the potato industry lately — however growers won’t see these new potatoes in their fields for a while, writes Ashley Robinson in an article published by Spud Smart magazine.

Robinson writes that the potato industry is working to explain what this new technology is and why growers should be interested. A panel discussion about it took place at the virtual Potato Expo on Jan. 6, 2021. Spud Smart listened in to get the 411 from Paul Bethke, a plant physiologist with the United States Department of Agriculture, and Jeremy Singer, director of agronomy for J.R. Simplot Company.

Source: Spud Smart. Read the article here

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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