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‘Protecting Potatoes’: New display in Edinburgh highlights the importance of wild potato varieties

‘Protecting Potatoes’ is a new plant display with interpretation for summer 2018 at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It can be found in the Demonstration Garden and the Temperate Palm House, and has been funded by SEFARI. The aim is to highlight the importance of wild potatoes for the future survival of the domesticated spud. Now, it may not be immediately obvious[Read[Read More…]

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The glyphosate saga: $289 million Roundup cancer verdict sends Bayer shares reeling

Bayer shares plunged on Monday, losing about $14 billion in value, after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages in the first of possibly thousands of U.S. lawsuits over alleged links between a weedkiller and cancer. After the verdict in favor of a California school groundskeeper with terminal cancer, Monsanto faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across[Read[Read More…]

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Labor Terminators: Farming robots are about to take over our farms

Of the industries facing automation, agriculture could see the most upside from robots in the next few years. And the farming robot wave, along with other new agricultural technology, could come even sooner than you think. Loup Ventures managing partner Gene Munster compares this next agricultural revolution to the one seen last century, when new equipment, fertilizers, pesticides and high-yield crop[Read[Read More…]

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Research report: Promising outlook for global potato chips market

The Global Potato Chips Market reached 26.5bn Euros by the end of 2017, with an average annual volume percent growth of 5.9% over the 2012-2017 period. According to Alan Deane, founding partner of research company Food for Thought (FFT): “At the top end of the market on a per capita basis in 2017, Ireland leads at 4.4 kgs per capita, followed[Read[Read More…]

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Finally: New ‘Super Carb Diet’ is proof that cutting carbs isn’t necessary for weight loss

For years, the diet industry has promoted the idea that carbs are ‘bad’ for our waistlines. If you want to be slim and fit, say goodbye to rice, potatoes and pasta (ignoring the fact, of course, that professional athletes often a mix of fast and slow release carbs into their diets). That is, until now. Because someone’s come up with[Read[Read More…]

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50 years on, McDonald’s and fast-food evolve around Big Mac

McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it isn’t changing the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich. But the milestone comes as the company reduces its number of U.S. stores. McDonald’s said Thursday that customers are visiting less often. Other trendy burger[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is stepping down

Indra Nooyi, 62, will make way for company insider Ramon Laguarta, a 22-year PepsiCo veteran, but she will remain chairwoman until early 2019, the company said. Joining Pepsico as a young executive, she was promoted to chief financial officer (CFO) in 2001 and was named CEO in 2006. “Leading PepsiCo has truly been the honor of my lifetime, and I’m[Read[Read More…]

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‘Fertitato’: Fertilizer company Yara assisting potato growers with knowledge and new products

Norwegian based international fertilizer giant Yara has extensive crop knowledge created from more than 100 years of research and development in more than 150 countries around the world. The company has recently developed a working guide for producers on the nutritional needs of the potato crop in eastern Canada. Potatoes require 17 different nutrients, each playing a unique role in plant nutrition. “While the research is[Read[Read More…]

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The drought issue: Earth is ‘1C away from Hothouse State that threatens the future of humanity’

The Earth’s global temperature is 1C away from a climatic tipping point that threatens the future of humanity, scientists have warned. Experts added that the planet is just decades away from the event that would trigger runaway global warming. The threshold will be reached when average global temperatures are only around 2C higher than they were in pre-industrial times, research suggests. The findings[Read[Read More…]

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CRISPR news: J.R. Simplot first ag company to receive gene editing licensing rights; potential for new potato varieties

J.R. Simplot Company, based in Idaho in the US, announced that it has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. Simplot Company on Monday announced the agreement with DowDuPont Inc. and the Broad Institute of the[Read[Read More…]

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Precision agriculture technology detects late blight with help from IBM Watson

PlantLink is a research network in the area of plant sciences in Sweden, joining Lund University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). One of the regional projects uses precision agriculture techniques to detect late blight. Scientists at SLU were looking for an automated, efficient and environmentally friendly way to detect late blight early. IBM helped the scientists develop a prototype[Read[Read More…]

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Carbs, Sugar and the Truth: Misleading BBC1 program on negative ‘sugar’ content of potatoes debunked

Does a baked potato contain the equivalent of 19 cubes of sugar? According to information presented during a BBC1 program which aired in early June, it does. But the information has since been debunked as misleading. The information presented in this program however led to several dubious news stories published by major news outlets, such as this one by the Daily[Read[Read More…]

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Bethink pink: Understanding pink eye disorder of potatoes

Pink eye is a disorder of potato tubers that can cause costly storage losses for potato growers and can reduce tuber quality to the point where tubers will be rejected by potato processors. Pink eye is a physiological disorder – an abnormality in plant growth – rather than a true disease that involves a disease-causing microorganism. Pink eye not only[Read[Read More…]

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The drought issue: Dealing with in-field sprouting and secondary growth

At a recent AHDB Potatoes event in the UK, Dr Mark Stalham of NIAB CUF discussed calls he has received regarding the prevention of in-field sprouting and secondary growth. With thunderstorms in the forecast, these are genuine risks. He said: “Many crops, particularly those that are unirrigated, will have effectively stopped growing in the last week or ten days. A deluge of[Read[Read More…]

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BASF closes acquisition of businesses and assets from Bayer

BASF has closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. The transaction is a strategic complement to BASF’s crop protection, biotech and digital farming activities and marks its entry into seeds, non-selective herbicides and nematicide seed treatments. About 4,500 employees join BASF through the acquisition. The agreements include Bayer’s global glufosinate-ammonium business; seeds businesses including traits, research and[Read[Read More…]

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Exhibition space fully booked at Europe’s most specialised indoor trade fair for potatoes and vegetables

INTERPOM PRIMEURS is the most specialised indoor trade fair for the potato and vegetable sector in Europe. The 19th edition of INTERPOM PRIMEURS will be held on Sunday 25 to Tuesday 27 November 2018 in Kortrijk Xpo, Belgium. The event offers a complete and focused range of products and services for all professionals in the potato and vegetable sector from all corners[Read[Read More…]

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PAA Symposium: Data, monitoring help fight potato pests worldwide

Early detection and reporting often help keep potato pests in check even if regulators ultimately don’t order eradications and field quarantines as a result. Field data are the lifeblood of so-far successful efforts to isolate and remove major yield-reducing pests in Idaho, New York and various countries, speakers at a July 23 Potato Association of America symposium in Boise said. Idaho potato[Read[Read More…]

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Published: New bulletin on powdery scab of potatoes

Potato specialists at the University of North Dakato (NDSU) and the University of Minnesota recently published a bulletin in which they discuss several aspects related to the incidence and management of powdery scab of potatoes. According to Andrew Robinson, Neil Gudmestad and Francisco Bittara, the management of diseases caused by S. subterranea, the causal agent of powdery scab and root gall formation in potato,[Read[Read More…]

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The K-factor: Scientists take a closer look at the critical role of potassium in plant stress response

Scientists in China published a research paper a few years back on potassium and its influence on plants, in particular how plants respond to stress. “Potassium (K) is an essential nutrient that affects most of the biochemical and physiological processes that influence plant growth and metabolism. It also contributes to the survival of plants exposed to various biotic and abiotic stresses,” they wrote.[Read[Read More…]

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Weather data: The next holy grail?

Capturing unaffectable variables in plant growth and quality is likely to get a lot easier and a lot less expensive thanks to startups, scale ups and the Internet of Things (IoT). Especially since Lemken and CNH Industrial are starting to (re)sell weather stations. The aim of Lemken and CNH Industrial stepping into weather data is to equip every field and crop with simple, reliable, inexpensive[Read[Read More…]

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