Zebra chip group honored for research

A multi-state research effort into zebra chip led by Texas A&M AgriLife Research was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Oct. 23. The group received the Partnership Award for Mission Integration of Research, Education and Extension at the Waterfront Centre, Washington, D.C.Source: www.thegrower.comSee on – Global Potato News You are unauthorized to[Read More…]

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Research finding: Potatoes can be part of a weight loss program

Research published this week in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight. The study, a collaborative effort between the University of California at Davis and the Illinois Institute of Technology, sought to gain a better understanding of the role of calorie reduction and the glycemic index in weight loss[Read[Read More…]

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Potato chip study: Low-fat foods lead to weight gain

The diet food industry’s solution to the spread of obesity has been to reduce the calories in processed foods on the theory that the same volume of food will satisfy your appetite regardless of nutrient content.  They had great hopes especially for the idea of low-fat potato chips as a weight loss aid.  But it turns out that the artificial[Read[Read More…]

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On the safety of Simplot’s GMO spuds – expert’s opinion

According to Dr Steve Strauss, a distinguished genetics professor at Oregon State University, “Your company up there in Idaho, Simplot plant sciences, they have been working on modifications to potatoes that are really scientifically cool, and are going to create some of the first products that consumers are going to say, this technology really does have something for me.” More[Read More…]

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US: Specialty potatoes making impact at trials

As university experts, market specialists and industry professionals combed through more than 55,000 new potato breeds this week, some company and grower representatives had a chance to put in their two bits for the more unique spuds in the field. Every fall the Tri-State Potato Research and Breeding Program harvests new types of potato varieties in Oregon, Idaho and Washington.[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Stopping potato greening – A cure may be in the works for sunburned potatoes

Prince Edward Island research scientist Bourlaye Fofana is confident that potato greening could become be a thing of the past. Research began last year at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Crops and Livestock Research Centre in Charlottetown, P.E.I., to create a potato that will not turn green when exposed to light.Source: www.spudsmart.comSee on – Global Potato News You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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Australia: Potato consumption research to help growers

Potato growers will soon have convenient access to consumption trends thanks to Potato Tracker: a recently launched market research project to take place during the next year. The Potato Tracker project will survey consumers through online questionnaires then distribute the data to growers and industry through a monthly report. The project, funded by Horticulture Australia with matched funds from the[Read[Read More…]

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Tomra Sorting opens a new research and development center in Dublin

Tomra Sorting in Dublin has created a new center of excellence for its food optical sorting and peeling business, and is set to improve its R&D capabilities after moving to a new facility in Citywest, Dublin. Tomra Sorting Food was formed following the acquisition of Irish company Odenberg in 2010 and the Belgian company Best Sorting in June 2012, by[Read[Read More…]

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True Potato Seed technology: New potato seeds could spark revolution

Research underway in Saskatchewan in Canada is part of a worldwide revolution in potato production, say officials at Tuberosum Technologies Inc. At a recent open house at the company’s facility in Saskatchewan’s irrigation district near Broderick, TTI showcased its work with true potato seed (TPS) technology. “True seed is basically a sexually produced seed, or the botanical seed in green[Read[Read More…]

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Common virus, pathogen conspire to damage potatoes: PVS breaking down late blight resistance in potatoes

A common potato virus and a fungus-like pathogen can team up to cause even more damage in potatoes. Washington State University scientists found that potato virus S, or PVS, breaks down late blight resistance in potatoes. The discovery will mean that potato breeders will have to take the virus under consideration when developing late-blight-resistant varieties. More You are unauthorized to[Read More…]

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Research: Potatoes can reduce high blood pressure nearly as much as oatmeal without weight gain

Researchers claim that eating potatoes only once or twice every day can reduce high blood pressure nearly as much as oatmeal without leading to weight gain. The study was done eating potatoes prepared without oil. Even though the scientists made use of purple potatoes, they are convinced that eating potatoes with red skins as well as white potatoes could have[Read[Read More…]

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India: Dutch assistance for modernising potato infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh

With the aim to modernise agricultural infrastructure and agricultural practices, especially in potato cultivation and value addition, an MOU was signed between the Dutch Potato Cluster (DPC) and Chandra Shekhar Azad (CSA) University Of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur. The MoU broadly includes Technology Transfer to enhance the productivity levels and reduce the pre and post-harvest losses and yield gap analysis[Read[Read More…]

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USDA denies renewal of multi-state zebra chip grant

USDA has denied an application by Zebra chip researchers from several Western states to renew a large, five-year grant responsible for several major break-throughs in understanding the potato disease. The expiring $6.9 million grant has aided research by 25-30 crop scientists studying zebra chip, including researchers in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Charles Rush, a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher who has[Read[Read More…]

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US: Texas AgriLife researchers growing colorful potato varieties to appeal to younger consumers

The decline in overall potato consumption has Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeders working on “designer” spuds that meet the time constraints and unique tastes of a younger generation. Creighton Miller, AgriLife Research potato breeder from College Station, recently conducted the Texas A&M Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program field day at the farm of cooperator Bruce Barrett south of Springlake.[Read[Read More…]

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India: Punjab Agricultural University signs MoU with CPRI

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today said it has inked  an  MoU with Central  Potato Research Institute (CPRI),  Shimla  for the production of breeder seed of potato varieties. University Vice Chancellor B S Dhillon said this pact will strengthen the  collaboration with CPRI, and their benefits will percolate to the end users more  easily at affordable prices.Source: economictimes.indiatimes.comSee on -[Read[Read More…]

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US: Jensen leads potato research organization

Andy Jensen, tri-state research director for the Idaho, Oregon and Washington potato commissions, is leading the Potato Association of America as president. Jensen says his priority for his one-year term is to promote and report the best potato science possible. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

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India: Odisha govt to tie up with CIP to boost potato production in state

The government will initiate a project ‘Sustainable intensification of potato in rice-based systems in Odisha for increasing productivity and profitability’ with the assistance of CIP to produce improved varieties of potato in regions with warm climatic conditions.Source: odishasuntimes.comSee on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: Potato industry keys in on mop-top

The potato industry is increasing its focus on potato mop-top virus and has proposed to include research on the tuber disease in a five-year, multi-state grant. A team of 29 potato scientists from 11 institutions in nine states has applied to add potato mop-top virus — a crop disease that’s widespread in U.S. fields but has mostly flown under the[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Leading the way in Potato Research

Potato growers in Canada could soon have some additional tools in their relentless battle against in-season pests and disease, thanks to a comprehensive new research project being co-ordinated by the Canadian Potato Council. The five-year project is being funded by potato producers, industry partners and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As part of the agri-science cluster project, researchers from across the[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Agrico in cutting-edge research into blackleg and eelworm

Seed potato company Agrico UK is heavily involved in cutting-edge research and trials work which, if successful, could see two of the greatest scourges in the industry called to heel. Speaking at a growers’ day at Ladenford, Forfar, courtesy of Lour Farms, Agrico executive director Archie Gibson pointed to work funded by the Agritechnology Strategy Board along with his own[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes reduce colon cancer risk: Study

Good news for steak-and-potatoes fans. New research out of Australia has found eating potatoes, and other starchy foods, with red meat may help reduce the risk of colon cancer that comes from with eating beef and other animal products. The study, by scientists at Flinders University in Adelaide, suggests the “resistant” starch, found in root vegetables, grains and legumes, may[Read[Read More…]

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