Research

UK, India: International cooperation to study nematodes

Experts from the United Kingdom and India are working together to identify and develop novel environmentally sustainable strategies to control plant pests, known as plant-parasitic nematodes or eelworms, to ensure global food production and security. The project is funded by the U.K.-India Education and Research Initiative. Plant-parasitic nematodes are thought to cause annual losses to crops in the region of[Read[Read More…]

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Potato crops saved with award-winning DNA test

DNA testing is the new secret weapon for farmers looking to avoid potential disease risk and boost productivity. A diagnostic system that tests for six soil-borne pathogens that threaten potato crops recently won an Australian horticulture award, and scientists at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) already are looking to adapt it for other high-value vegetables. PreDicta Pt[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: University of Lethbridge to establish chair in potato science

Research capacity in Alberta’s potato industry will be significantly enhanced due to a $1 million investment in the University of Lethbridge by a consortium of association and industry partners. The U of L will receive the funds over five years from the Potato Growers of Alberta, McCain Foods, ConAgra Lamb Weston and Cavendish Farms to establish a chair in potato[Read[Read More…]

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US: Agrilife Research putting designer potatoes on the menu to boost consumption

A 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. Dr. 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[Read[Read More…]

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US: New spud variety suited to Florida, fries up less oily

A new chipping potato variety appears to be more tolerant to heat-induced internal problems as well as frying up less oily. Elkton, as the new variety is dubbed, went through 19 trials from 2003-2013 in Florida, according to a news release. Source: www.thegrower.com See on Scoop.it – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Spain: Neiker-Tecnalia is researching the potato genes that best adapt to climate change

Neiker-Tecnalia is currently conducting research into the potato genes that best adapt to the anticipated climate change conditions, characterised by a reduction in rainfall and increased extremes of hot and cold temperatures.The aim is to identify the most resistant genes in order to create new potato varieties that will adapt optimally to future climate conditions.The research is also seeking to[Read[Read More…]

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Ag center using vitamins to boost potatoes’ resistance to diseases

Just as the human body needs vitamins to strengthen its immune system and provide nourishment, plants need sustenance to boost their abilities to fight infection. Aymeric Goyer, a plant scientist at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and graduate student Amber Vinchesi are conducting a trial to see if spraying vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, on potato plants[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Conference on potato growing widens appeal

The Potato Council’s biennial seed strategy conference, “From seed to ware”, widens its appeal for the whole supply chain this autumn. The one-day industry event on November 25 2014 has been ‘refocused’ to appeal to the whole industry, organisers say. Held at the Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire, this year’s Seed Industry Event will look at key issues from seed certification[Read[Read More…]

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Research findings could help farmers stop potato, tomato disease

See on Scoop.it – Potato News A University of Florida scientist has pinpointed Mexico as the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues to evolve and torment potato and tomato growers around the world. A disease called “late blight” killed most of Ireland’s[Read[Read More…]

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USPB’s Training Tuesday Webinars Provide Industry Research Findings

See on Scoop.it – Potato News The United States Potato Board invests $100,000 of dollars in consumer and shopper research every year to explore more effective marketing and merchandising of potatoes. USPB Retail Programs Consultant Don Ladhoff explains one of the avenues that they provide industry the research findings as well as applications the industry can use is through the[Read[Read More…]

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Breakthrough in understanding swarming potato blight spores

See on Scoop.it – Potato NewsScientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how microbial spores, which caused the infamous Irish potato famine are so successful at infecting plants. It seems that Phyophthora infestans spores clump together in water, increasing the organism’s chance of infection. The infection is spread through water by the parent releasing tiny spores, called zoospores. But the[Read[Read More…]

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Alliance for Potato Research and Education: Children between 1-3 low on potassium

New research, led by an organization that promotes the nutritional value of potatoes, shows American children between 1 and 3 years old aren’t getting enough potassium in their diets. The average American child between the ages of 1 and 3 doesn’t consume enough potassium, which is an essential dietary nutrient and electrolyte found in abundance in white potatoes, according to[Read[Read More…]

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Researchers found Olestra Pringles can be good for you

See on Scoop.it – Potato News Researchers at the University of Cincinnati  have discovered there may be an ingredient in some chips that might be a really good thing for some people to eat! What makes this research unique is how they wanted to use Olestra Pringles for a purpose in the body to find out if they could reduce[Read[Read More…]

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Spanish scientists warn of new resistant late blight varients

Scientists at the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia have for the first time identified the existence in Álava-Araba of the two sexual types A1 and A2 of the fungus Phytophthora infestans, responsible for potato blight. The experts have been able to confirm that the crossing between the two types leads to variants that are more resistant to[Read[Read More…]

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Research: Potatoes show promise for meeting climate change challenges

New research shows that potatoes will still the produce tuber when times get tough. Agricultural Research Service agricultural engineer David Fleisher and colleagues in the US wanted to measure how potato plants would respond to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and the increasingly erratic rainfall patterns expected to result from global climate change. You are unauthorized to view this page.

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News from the US Potato Board Chip Program

The Chip Program completed another successful sale of material from the Fast Track Seed Program. The material sold from the program provides the chip industry with one of the only supplies of clean seed for commercial development, while providing funds back to the chip program. Varieties sold in the January auction, hosted by AIS Consulting, LLC, included: Michigan State University[Read[Read More…]

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