University of Idaho to grow nuclear potato seed program

University of Idaho has hired a new director for its nuclear seed potato program and plans to build additional facilities to help her expand production. The planned investments; which include construction of a new greenhouse and laboratory; would move the university toward its long-term goal of becoming a national repository for potato germplasm. Jenny Durrin filled the director position vacated[Read More…]

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Tanzania: Are these the climate-smart potatoes?

Situated in the Northeast of the country, the district of Lushoto is part of the so called highlands of Tanzania where potatoes are traditionally grown. Due to heat and lack of resilient potato varieties, farmers would lose all the crop especially when they grow the local variety called Kidinya which is extremely susceptible to Late Blight disease. To address these[Read More…]

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Vietnamese scientists create better quality potato in aeroponic environmen

A Vietnamese group of scientists headed by Prof Nguyen Quang Thach has successfully created a high-quality potato variety in aeroponic environment. Meanwhile, aeroponic-farmed vegetables are now used by many Vietnamese. “With farming area of 200 square meters, I can provide 100 kilos of vegetables to the market everyday,” said Duong Minh Trung, director of Rau Sach Ngon. Trung said the farming model saves[Read More…]

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Researchers: ‘Organic farming should embrace blight–resistant genetically engineered potato’

According to researchers Godelieve Gheysen and René Custers in Belgium, the EU regulation on organic farming does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “Why obstruct a cisgenic potato crop that can hardly be distinguished from a potato crop that is the result of conventional breeding?,” the scientists ask in a recently published research paper. “Among the reasons why[Read More…]

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US: New Northwest spuds offer strong disease resistance

Officials representing the Idaho, Oregon and Washington potato breeding programs say they’re releasing a pair of new russet varieties that should help position the industry to cope with more stringent regulations on soil fumigants. The new Tri-State Potato Breeding Program varieties — Castle Russet and high-yielding Echo Russet — are billed as medium- to late-maturing potatoes appropriate for use in both[Read More…]

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Agrico shows growth in potato varieties at Fruit Logistica 2017

Agrico will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 February 2017. Agrico, together with its subsidiaries, will be demonstrating its strength in varieties at this leading, international trade fair. At Fruit Logistica, Agrico will be using the theme ‘Growth’ to show its strength in creating added value for its growers, customers, packers, retailers and[Read More…]

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Jamaica: $18-m project to cut need for imported Irish potato seeds

The Government has pumped more than $18 million into the establishment of an in vitro propagation of Irish potato seeds programme in a bid to reduce the country’s dependence on imported seeds. The Government is also hoping that the programme will increase the yields of Irish potato farmers across the island. The project, which is a component of the Ministry of Industry,[Read More…]

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US: NIFA announces $1.85 million for Potato Breeding Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $1.85 million in funding for regional potato breeding research to support the development of superior-performing varieties that can be brought to market as soon as possible. The United States is one of the top potato producers worldwide, and industry sales estimates topped $3.6 billion[Read More…]

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Colorado State University-bred Crimson King red potatoes in demand

KayDee Gilkey reports: While at the recent Potato Expo, I stopped by the Colorado Certified Potato Growers Booth to check in with Manager Preston Stanley. He introduced me to Crown Quality Concepts King Stratton who has the exclusive marketing rights to the very popular Colorado State University bred Crimson King a chipping red potato. Stratton: “I have received many samples,[Read More…]

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US: Potato growers say general public can now buy new uber-tuber

Maine’s newest variety of potato is now available for purchase in some parts of the state. The new potato is called the Caribou Russet. The Maine Potato Board says the spud can be purchased at markets around eastern Maine, including in Brewer, Calais and Ellsworth. The Caribou Russet was launched to consumers at the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor last month. Potato board[Read More…]

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UK: Award-winning potato breeder to speak at sector conference

An award-winning potato breeder from the north-east is among the line-up of speakers confirmed for a major potato industry conference next month. Morrice Innes, who alongside his wife Ann grows and maintains nearly 700 varieties of potatoes at his home in Oldtown, Newmachar, will discuss heritage varieties at the annual conference of the SAC Association of Potato Producers (SACAPP). The full-day event[Read More…]

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US: NMSU partners in potato-improvement project

The potato is the No. 1 vegetable consumed by Americans. It is an excellent source of potassium, contains 45 percent of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C and provides all essential amino acids. But could the nutritional value of potatoes be improved? That is what U.S. Department of Agriculture research geneticist Kathy Haynes has been asking for nearly 30 years.[Read More…]

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2016 northeast Michigan freshpack potato variety trial results

In 2016, the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, Michigan State University potato specialist Chris Long and MSU Extension Presque Isle County partnered once again to conduct a table-stock potato variety trial. The trial was hosted by Wilk Farms near Metz, Michigan, and showcased 54 different varieties of russet, red, yellow, round white and novelty types. Varieties were planted in single, un-replicated rows,[Read More…]

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US: WSU researchers celebrate after McDonald’s chooses their potatoes

In the search to find the perfect potato for its iconic french fries, McDonald’s sets the gold standard among researchers and growers, and officials have recently selected two potato varieties developed in part by Washington State University researchers. The Clearwater and Blazer russets will join the Ranger and Umatilla russets, which were selected in 2000, as the four potato varieties[Read More…]

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Irish potato experts invent new spud to help feed millions in Kenya

Ireland can help provide food security to Kenya through incredible scientific advances in the production of the potato involving Irish experts, it was revealed today. Donegal farmer Derek Roulston has been leading a group of experts from the Donegal Investments’ potato company IPM planting crops 2,000 metres above sea level in the foothills of Mount Kenya. They have developed new breeds of[Read More…]

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Peru and Papua New Guinea to cooperate on potato breeding and variety development

Papua New Guinea is looking to Peru for assistance in developing drought resistant potato varieties that can withstand future extreme weather conditions in the country. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill began initial discussions with the President of Peru, Dr. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, on cooperation between the two countries, on the fringes of the APEC Leaders’ summit over the weekend of November[Read More…]

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US: Researchers seek super spuds amid new strains of potatoes

A program that teamed up three universities and three agricultural commissions in 1984 has recently experienced its fourth great success with a newly bred potato that seems to be superior in numerous ways to the old gold standard. The Northwest Potato Variety Development Program — which includes researchers from Washington State University, the University of Idaho, Oregon State University and the[Read More…]

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The search for a better potato

Americans are about to boil, mash, bake, and butter a whole lot of potatoes. In fact, thanks to meat-avoiding vegetarians and everyone else who just doesn’t like turkey, potatoes are the most commonly eaten Thanksgiving food, according to research group NPD. “During the holidays, potatoes are our biggest seller in fresh produce,” said Molly Blakeman, a spokesperson at Walmart, the country’s[Read More…]

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Potato Days in the Netherlands

Potato Days is held the second week of November every year in The Netherlands. At this event, Dutch potato breeding companies showcase their varieties and clones for the table and processing markets. The three-day event attracts hundreds of potato growers and industry personnel from all over the world. Most companies have their offices near the city of Emmeloord, which makes visiting[Read More…]

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US: New potato varieties chosen for McDonald’s fries

When it comes to potatoes, french fries are the big outlet for Columbia Basin farmers. And when it comes to selling french fries, McDonald’s is the holy grail. So for Washington State University potato researchers Rick Knowles and Mark Pavek, having a new variety chosen by McDonald’s is a big deal. In September, the worldwide fast-food chain chose two relatively new[Read More…]

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Annual Report 2015/2016: HZPC benefits from European market recovery and international market efforts

The annual report of HZPC Holland B.V. related to financial year 2015/16 was published. As announced in October, the consolidated net turnover of annual year 2015/16  was established at € 289.5 million. The gross margin is € 48.1 million and the net result is € 7.0 million. The dividend on HZPC certificates is set at € 5.75 and this is well above[Read More…]

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US: Maine Potato Board unveils new variety

This weekend, the 6th Annual Maine Harvest Festival rolls into the Cross Center in Bangor. At the center of it all will be a new variety of potato being unveiled by the Maine Potato Board. “It’s not quite as dry as a normal Russet Burbank you’d find in the stores, and it’s got some unique flavor to it. We think it’s going[Read More…]

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Scientists develop nutrient-rich purple potato

Purple potatoes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to increase vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake. However, a group of researchers from Colorado State University have recently developed potato varieties that satisfy these nutritional needs and could act as a preventive measure to several diseases. According to the research team, “There are different colored potatoes such as[Read More…]

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Mahindra HZPC launches aeroponics unit to support seed potato in Mohali

Mahindra HZPC, a 60:40 joint venture of Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited (MASL) and HZPC, opened a  modern aeroponics facility to support the company’s seed potato business in Mohali. Aeroponics is a plant cultivation technique in which the  roots are suspended in the air while nutrient solutions are delivered in a fine mist. The process is known to give the best quality[Read More…]

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