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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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UK: Breeder Finlay Dale’s career successes firmly rooted in passion for potatoes

One of the top potato breeders in the UK has just embarked on a career change, with Finlay Dale moving from the James Hutton Institute (JHI) to Perth-based potato firm Caithness Potatoes. Here he talks with David Andrews about this move, his aims and the challenges facing potato breeding.Source: www.thecourier.co.ukSee on Scoop.it – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to[Read More…]

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Potato extract could prevent weight gain, McGill research indicates

Recent lab testing being undertaken by researchers at Montreal’s McGill University indicates the humble potato could provide a key to weight control. Their research indicates potato extract has been shown to prevent obesity in mice. “[We chose] mice that were genetically prone to develop obesity when they were fed a high-fat diet, and to our astonishment there was an inhibition[Read[Read More…]

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Potato Council research ‘vital’ for UK industry

A potato grower says the research work of the Potato Council is “vital” to maintain the UK’s position as a leading producer. The council, a division of crop levy payers group the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, works to make the UK potato industry more sustainable and profitable. It has launched a seven week open consultation on its 2015-18 plan.[Read[Read More…]

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Vitamin treatment for potatoes shows promise

Plant biologist Aymeric Goyer worked with postdoctoral student Amber Vinchesi and entomologist Silvia Rondon on a project where they hope to use vitamins to help control diseases in potatoes. Just like vitamins provide people with a natural immune system boost, researchers are testing whether they could benefit potatoes grown in the Hermiston region the same way. For the past year,[Read[Read More…]

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GM potatoes gather pace in USA

Genetically modified potatoes are gaining momentum in the USA, with new varieties more resistant to bruising and late blight. US company Simplot has recently received approval for generation-one innate potatoes. It is predicted to have the potential to save 400m pounds of potato waste each year in the USA, while also reducing acrylamide, a substance found in a number of[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Teagasc GMO potato trials focus on addressing long-term agriculture issues

The ongoing GMO study on potatoes at Teagasc Oak Park is focussed on addressing many of the persistent questions that exist in regard to dealing with the evolving tillage challenge associated with late blight attack, according to research scientist Dr Ewen Mullins. “As expected the GM cultivar continues to demonstrate resistance against late blight attack but the important question is[Read[Read More…]

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US: A new great-tasting, high-nutrient red potato variety – AmaRosa

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their cooperators have developed nutritious new potatoes varieties with red and purple flesh and skin. All potatoes contain an assortment of nutrients and other health-promoting compounds, and the colored-flesh potato varieties contain anthocyanins and carotenoids. The three great-tasting potato varieties with colored flesh that are now available to consumers are TerraRosa, Amarosa and[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian researchers claim potato extract could prevent obesity

According to researchers from McGill University in Montreal, potato extract might curb weight gain from a high-fat, high-carb diet. The scientists reportedly fed mice a high-fat diet for 10 weeks that was either with or without potato extracts. What they found surprised them. Mice that were fed the potato extract gained just seven grams, compared to the 16 grams gained[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian breeders develop new low-glycemic potato

There’s a new spud in town, and it’s made to suit Canada’s growing number of diabetics. The new and as yet unnamed potato has a lower-glycemic-index potential, improved digestibility, and can be enjoyed without creating a big spike of sugar and insulin in the body.  Research scientist Benoit Bizimungu developed the new variety with scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists have bred and released colorful new varieties of potato

Agricultural Research Service scientists have bred and released colorful new varieties. Some have relatively high levels of beneficial red-to-purple pigments called “anthocyanins,” and others have high levels of yellow-pigmented carotenoids. ARS researchers have developed three new varieties of potatoes with red and purple flesh and skin, which are now available to consumers.Source: phys.orgSee on Scoop.it – Global Potato News You[Read More…]

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Sprout Contol during storage topic of latest Focus on Potato webcast

The lastest “Focus on Potato” webcast provides an update on Potato Sprout Control, by Nora Olsen, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Potato Specialist at the University of Idaho. The presentation will update potato growers and industry personnel in the US on potato sprout control options. Specifically, advances in technology, development of new products and formulations, and coordination of control programs have[Read[Read More…]

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US: Creating a better spud

Do you ever wish your potato would bruise less or didn’t turn brown after being peeled? So did researchers at J.R. Simplot Co., and they have created a new potato variety—Innate—that promises that and more. After a decade of scientific development, safety assessments and extensive field tests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave its final stamp of approval to[Read[Read More…]

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Variable Rate Irrigation: An alternative to conventional irrigation techniques

In recent years, the concept known as variable rate irrigation or VRI has become a catchphrase among irrigation specialists and growers alike. VRI is the process of applying differing irrigation amounts to match crop water demands at a small scale within a particular field. VRI system users are provided with software that creates a “prescription” indicating the desired application depths[Read[Read More…]

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Solynta “Hybrid Potatoes from True Seeds” technology named Dutch National Icon

In the presence of HRH King Willem Alexander, the Dutch Government through Minister Kamp honored Solynta as Dutch National Icon for its breakthrough discovery ”Hybrid Potatoes from True seeds”. King Willem Alexander and Hein Kruyt CEO Solynta “This breakthrough technique makes it possible to grow potatoes from true-seed instead of seed-tubers and makes targeted breeding possible. Valuable traits can now[Read[Read More…]

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The potato that could feed the world

As millions of acres of farmland are lost to salt contamination, a Dutch farmer figures out how to grow crops in saline water. On a sandy windswept island off Holland’s north coast that has twice as many sheep as people, organic farmer Marc van Rijsselberghe is performing a promising act of agricultural alchemy—growing fields of potatoes, carrots, and cabbages in diluted[Read[Read More…]

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China honours Canadian potato scientist

Prominent Canadian potato scientist and grower Peter VanderZaag has received a prestigious honour from the Chinese government. At a special ceremony at Yunnan Normal University (YNNU) in Kunming, China, on Oct. 30, VanderZaag was given the National Friendship Award, the People’s Republic of China’s highest accolade for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: One row potato harvester gets research results

Agronomy consultant Steve Watts is trying to improve the potato business on Prince Edward Island one row at a time. His creation of the province’s smallest potato harvester has added new speed to his mission.Source: www.atlanticfarmfocus.caSee on Scoop.it – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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If plants could talk

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists Dr. Bernie Zebarth and Dr. Helen Tai at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick (NB), will gather data from plants almost the same way a mechanic assesses your car’s engine. “We’d like to take small discs of leaf tissue, conduct a simple test and see how this plant is doing in terms[Read[Read More…]

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