Breeding, North America, Research

Potato breeding pioneer retires after 38 years at UMaine

For Greg Porter, one potato highlights a satisfying career. Porter, an Aroostook County native, officially retires Dec. 31 after 38 years at the University of Maine, as Paula Brewer reports for Bangor Daily News (BDN).

A professor of agronomy, crop ecology and management, he most recently led the potato breeding program, which has been instrumental in developing new strains of potatoes tailored to Maine fields. The Caribou Russet emerged in 2016 from years of research and testing at Presque Isle’s Aroostook Farm and exploded into markets as one of the most successful new varieties in recent years.

Now a professor emeritus, he plans to pursue things his busy schedule didn’t allow, like hiking, fishing, gardening and more time with family. Porter plans to wrap up some research projects and work for a while with his successor, Mario Andrade, assistant professor of potato breeding and genetics.

For his work in pioneering new varieties, the Maine Potato Board gave Porter its inaugural Maine Potato Industry Recognition Award in July. “His dedication and hard work on behalf of the industry have been phenomenal,” Maine Potato Board Executive Director Don Flannery said.

Source: Bangor Daily News (BDN). Read the full story here
Photo: Greg Porter. Credit and courtesy Greg Porter via BDN

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