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India: Research position at the Central Potato Research Institute

The Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) invites applications for the position of Research Associate at the Institute’s headquarters in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The final date for applications to be submitted is the 20th of March, 2015. Details on this page. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

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GM potato research the Irish way

Ewan Mullins is the Teagasc scientist in charge of an Irish potato trial talks about the effect of an EU decision to let member states ban EU-approved genetically modified crops. He is in charge of the only trial of genetically modified crops in Ireland. This is an EU research project, across 15 countries, studying GM potatoes’ potential resistance to blight. Full[Read[Read More…]

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US Potato Board hires research director

The U.S. Potato Board has hired its first-ever director of research and analysis. Ryan Krabill, who worked most recently as senior director of legislative and regulatory affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based National Potato Council, will join the Denver-based board April 1, according to a news release. Krabill’s work for the council included working with Congress and national and state-level potato[Read[Read More…]

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Neiker creates two new potato varieties of great nutritional value

Potatoes, an essential food in human nutrition, have two new varieties produced by the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, NEIKER-Tecnalia. They are ‘Entzia’ and ‘Miren’, characterised by their great nutritional value and suitability for industrial processing. They are both striking in appearance since ‘Miren’ has a bright yellow flesh and ‘Entzia’ a purple one.Source: www.eurekalert.orgSee on Scoop.it -[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: High hopes for low glycemic spud

A new potato variety developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada could open up new menu possibilities for people with diabetes and others who follow low GI diets. A team of researchers at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, N.B., and the Lethbridge Research Centre in Alberta has developed a low glycemic potato. Glycemic index or GI is a relatively new[Read[Read More…]

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South Africa: Potato pathologists at the Univ of Pretoria tackle industry threatening potato diseases

The Potato Pathology Programme at the University of Pretoria in South Africa is considered to be the flagship programme for research on bacterial and fungal diseases of potatoes in that country. The programme functions under the leadership of Prof Jacquie van der Waals, a renowned specialist in potato pathology. According to Prof van der Waals, the most important and industry[Read More…]

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Canadian breeders develop higher yielding potato varieties

At a time when the Canadian potato industry is looking to get more potatoes out of the ground each fall at a lower cost of production, AAFC potato breeder Dr. Benoit Bizimungu and his team at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton have developed potatoes that offer up to a 30 per cent increase in yield. The potatoes are featured[Read[Read More…]

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China’s upscaling of potato production sprouts controversy

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture started the year with an awkwardly named but nevertheless resonating event — at the “Potato Staple-ization Strategy Research Symposium, Vice-minister of Agriculture, Yu Xinrong, proclaimed that potatoes shall become China’s fourth staple food. That netizens tweeted more than half a million responses on Sina Weibo about this denotes more than sheer curiosity. While many of[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: 4R Nutrient Stewardship program step in right direction for Prince Edward Island farmers

A commitment to better farming practices was formalized Jan. 30, during the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture annual general meeting, with the extension of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship memorandum of understanding. On-farm sustainability continues to emerge as a key topic of discussion in the province. The goal of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program is to ensure producers apply fertilizer[Read[Read More…]

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US: Idaho researcher to study potato storage

Yi Wang aims to help the Idaho potato industry better understand the physiological mechanisms responsible for problems that may take place in potatoes during storage. Wang, 29, who will start March 20 as University of Idaho’s new potato storage physiologist, has already made a name for herself as a national leader in the potato industry. As a post-doctoral researcher with[Read[Read More…]

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Research finds baby potatoes are nutrient loaded

Research geneticist Roy Navarre, with the USDA’s Prosser, Wash., Agricultural Research Service, has found that baby potatoes are exceptionally high in healthy phytonutrients. He sees unmet opportunity in baby potatoes for the spud industry to reach consumers who place a premium on aesthetically pleasing, highly nutritious gourmet ingredients. Navarre, with the USDA’s Prosser, Wash., Agricultural Research Service, has analyzed baby[Read[Read More…]

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US: NDSU researchers develop new potato cultivar

Asunta (Susie) Thompson, NDSU potato breeder and associate professor, reports the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station approved the release of a new potato cultivar named Dakota Ruby on April 11, 2014. Dakota Ruby yields well and produces uniform, round and smooth tubers with bright skin color, white flesh and shallow eyes. The main use for Dakota Ruby is for the[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Neonicotinoid pesticides and honey bee health

One of best-attended presentations at Manitoba Potato Production Days, the three-day potato conference and trade show which ran Jan. 23 to 25 in Brandon, Manitoba., focused on neonicotinoid pesticides and honey bee health. Maryam Sultan spoke Jan. 24 in support of the use of neonicotinoids, the subject of much debate in recent years because of some research linking these insecticides[Read[Read More…]

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Potato virus Y incidences on the rise in Idaho seed

The incidence of potato virus Y has increased markedly in Idaho potato seed, according to newly released results of the state’s 2015 winter grow-out. Alan Westra, Idaho Crop Improvement Association’s southeast manager, said during his organization’s Jan. 20 seed seminar clean seed lots in the grow-out decreased from 54 percent in 2014 to 44 percent this winter. Westra said the[Read[Read More…]

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India: Improved potato varieties on the way; farmers might harvest three crops a year

The Shimla-based Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), in association with the Peru-based International Potato Center, is working on a project to develop early-bulking, heat-resistant and short-duration (70-75 days) varieties. Currently, the maturity period for the crop is 85-90 days. The research is at the test stage. If all goes well, farmers would be able to harvest three crops a year.Source:[Read[Read More…]

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US: Psyllids decline, but overwintering concerns arise

Researchers say the number of potato psyllids found harboring the Liberibacter bacteria that causes the crop disease zebra chip dropped significantly in the Pacific Northwest during 2014. A new study out of Washington, however, has heightened concerns about resident psyllid populations overwintering in the Pacific Northwest. Just 170 psyllids were captured in 2014, with four testing positive for Liberibacter. No[Read[Read More…]

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Confirmed: French fried potatoes NOT a source of trans fat

More than any other segment of the food industry, the potato industry has made the greatest improvements in the fatty acid profile of its products, including French fried potatoes. Although the oils used to cook today’s fries are now predominately all-vegetable oils that contain primarily mono- and polyunsaturated fats, French fries are still often incorrectly cited as a source of[Read[Read More…]

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Nematode link with potato scab?

SCIENTISTS are questioning the possibility of a link between nematodes and the incidence of scab in potatoes, after studies in Norway linked the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans to common scab. Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) nematologist Tom Prior said it was not yet known if the presence of these nematodes can be linked to the incidence of scab[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council should spend less on R&D, more on promotion, says NFUS

The Potato Council should shift its funding emphasis from research and development to more promotion, NFU Scotland has said. The union was responding to a meeting about the Potato Council’s draft business plan, which includes a proposal to raise the statutory levy on growers and packers. It said that new promotional work highlighting the nutritional and health benefits of potatoes[Read[Read More…]

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India: Dutch government to help Punjab set up a centre for potato

To strengthen potato research, Punjab will set up a Centre of Excellence for Potato in Jalandhar (potato belt) in collaboration with The Netherlands, Shimla-based Central Potato Research Institute and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, with a project cost of Rs 8 crore. Spread over 50 acres, the proposed centre would be fully operational in the next six-eight months and likely to[Read[Read More…]

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US: Water, virus issues top potato conference agenda

Nearly 1,800 people are expected to attend the Washington Oregon Potato Conference Jan. 27-29 in Kennewick, Wash. The Washington-Oregon Potato Conference offers updates from state and national agencies, researchers. USDA Agricultural Research Service researcher Stewart Gray and University of Idaho researcher Alex Karasev will present the latest research and developments with potato virus Y, potato mop top virus and tobacco[Read[Read More…]

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Study links potato compounds to weight loss

Potatoes may hold secret compounds to help people lose weight and avoid diabetes, according to new research out of Canada. The seemingly counterintuitive study results by Stan Kubow, Luc Hobson, Michele M. Iskandar, Kebba Sabally, Danielle J. Donnelly and Luis B. Agellon, all with McGill University in Quebec, were published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.Source: www.capitalpress.comSee on[Read[Read More…]

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US: New research is good news for potato lovers

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrates that the glycemic index the basis of many popular diets may ultimately not be of high importance to those who already follow a healthful diet. “Proponents of the glycemic index claim that a low-GI diet can reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease” explained Katherine Beals,[Read[Read More…]

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