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The next agricultural wave: Global survey to probe the untapped potential of true potato seed (TPS)

In a pioneering new study, a team of scientists is delving into the agricultural practices and preferences of growers around the world concerning true potato seed (TPS), a relatively unexplored area in the farming sector.

Spearheaded by a team of experts including Prof. Chengyan Yue, Vanessa Kambi, and Dr. Lauran Shannon at the University of Minnesota, the research aims to understand growers’ preferences for true potato seed (TPS) and growers’ successful business and marketing strategies.

A comprehensive survey

The study seeks to engage growers from around the world in a comprehensive survey that will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

“Participants will provide valuable insights into their experiences with true potato seed, a potential game-changer in the industry due to its cost-effectiveness and efficiency compared to traditional tuber seed,” says Prof. Yue.

The research team has put stringent measures in place to ensure the confidentiality of the participants. Each grower will be assigned a unique code to safeguard their identity, and only the principal investigators will have access to the survey data, which will be securely stored in password-protected files.

Significant implications

“We believe the implications of this study will be significant, as understanding the intricacies of using true potato seed could revolutionize potato farming by addressing current barriers and enhancing the success rate of growers,” says Prof. Yue. “The findings are expected to contribute valuable knowledge to the agricultural community, potentially influencing future practices and policies.”

She says the results of the survey will be shared publicly once the research team have completed the study.

The University of Minnesota emphasizes that participation in this study is entirely voluntary and will not impact any current or future relationship with the institution. Growers have the liberty to withdraw from the study at any point, ensuring that their involvement is comfortable and pressure-free.

Go here for further information and to complete the survey, or scan this QR code:

Anyone is welcome to contact Prof. Chengyan Yue with questions at +1 (612) 626-3974, or

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