Plans for GM potato trial in the UK under fire

Thirty-one organic and environmental organisations have urged Michael Gove to reject plans by Cambridge scientists for a new open-air field trial of GM potatoes. Groups such as GM Freeze, Organic Research Centre and the Soil Association, are fighting the trial proposal, which they say could risk off-target effects and unintended impacts, such as the accidental spread of the GM crop[Read[Read More…]

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India-based Utkal Tubers receives investment funds from IPM Potato Group, Zephyr Peacock

IPM Potato Group Ltd (IPM), a leading international player in potato breeding and seed potato production, has picked up an equity stake in Utkal Tubers Ltd, a lab-to-land company engaged in potato research, cultivation and marketing, headquartered in Bengaluru, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state. Utkal Tubers has reportedly raised ₹10 crore (about USD1,5 million) from IPM Potato Group[Read[Read More…]

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Pepsico sues Indian farmers for allegedly growing exclusive potato variety illegally

The US food and beverages giant PepsiCo has sued three farmers from Gujarat, complaining that they have been illegally growing and selling a variety of potato exclusively registered to Pepsico for the use of producing its Lays potato chips. The Times of India reports that looking at the company’s registration of the potato variety in the country’s Plant Variety Registry,[Read[Read More…]

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Potato seed and breeding company HZPC Americas looking for a Business Development Manager

HZPC Americas Corporation, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in Canada is the North American seed potato partner of the HZPC Group, based in the Netherlands. It is recognized as a world leader in the marketing of seed potatoes for processing and table-potato markets. The company recently announced that it is looking to employ a Business Development Manager at its[Read[Read More…]

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Maintaining Scotland’s high health status for potatoes

New pest and disease threats and pesticide losses through legislation and resistance development are cross cutting issues across our Scottish crops at the moment and potatoes are no exception, according to a report published in The Scottish Farmer. The cooler climate in Scotland means a reduced risk of aphids and hence a reduced risk of viral infections in seed potatoes[Read[Read More…]

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Upcoming World Potato Congress webinar to focus on seed potato handling from storage to planting

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is pleased to be offering its third webinar in its 2019 series with Dr. Gary Secor. Dr. Secor is a world renowned potato specialist and Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Dr. Secor’s webinar presentation Best Management Practices for Seed Potato Handling from Storage[Read More…]

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Irish potato grower sees shares lift on investment in Indian firm

Shares in the Irish agri-food group, Donegal Investment Group (DIG),  traded over 4% higher yesterday on the back of news that it has invested in an Indian seed potato group. DIG has reportedly invested in Utkal Tubers, the Bangalore-based potato grower, through a subsidiary, IPM Potato Group. Through the partnership with IPM, Utkal will have access to 12 new types of[Read[Read More…]

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US: New Vibrance seed treatment product available for potatoes

A one-of-a-kind combination of four active ingredients is said to help build stronger, more robust roots in potatoes. New to the Syngenta Seedcare™ portfolio, CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® Potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment is now available. The seed treatment combines three industry-leading fungicides, including Vibrance seed treatment fungicide for Rhizoctonia, Helminthosporium and Fusarium protection. Additionally, Cruiser® seed treatment insecticide provides exceptional protection against key insects, such as Colorado potato beetles and leaf miners.  “The unique combination of[Read[Read More…]

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Indian potato seed company secures capital from Irish investor

Bengaluru-based potato seeds firm Utkal Tubers India Pvt. Ltd has raised Rs 10 crore ($1.45 million at current exchange rates) in a fresh funding round from Irish strategic investor IPM Potato Group Ltd. Through the newly announced partnership with IPM, Utkal has licenced an extensive portfolio of new potato varieties with improved disease resistance and high yield potential, it said[Read[Read More…]

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Danish potato seed company Myco Seed A/S issues public response to Breeder Trust issue

Breeders Trust, the organization that defends the Plant Breeders’ Rights of 10 leading European potato breeders, won a lawsuit in Ferbruary against the Danish potato export and trading company Myco Seed A/S located in Give (Denmark). The Danish court in Kolding has ruled that Myco Seed A/S has infringed the Plant Breeders’ Rights of 3 varieties in Denmark belonging to[Read[Read More…]

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British outward Egyptian mission offers ressurance on future

AHDB’s Rob Burns and John Ellicott from SASA recently returned from an outward mission to Egypt where they met with the Head of CAPQ, Dr Ahmed, to discuss the past season, the coming season and issues around Brexit. Rob explains: “We confirmed that UK trading position with Egypt is secure after Brexit as legislation allows imports from all countries in[Read[Read More…]

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How can potato seed programs be improved?

Most potato seed certifying bodies ensure growers plant healthy, clean tubers. The systems are working as intended. Yet with so many different groups operating with their own list of rules, problems can arise, says Carol Miller, editor of American Vegetable Grower in a recent article published on its website. Carol reached out to those participating in seed potato programs across the[Read[Read More…]

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A better estimate of the net yield of seed potatoes with vision techniques

Growers of seed potatoes would like to know on which part of their parcel the potatoes grow best, and how the location influences the size of the potatoes. But during harvest, hundreds of potatoes will roll into the harvesting machine at the same time. Wageningen University & Research is working with Aeres Hogeschool, the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Green Campus[Read[Read More…]

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World Planting Day, March 21: An Ode to the Potato

With this collage of 50 photos, depicting potato planting in different countries by different people from many cultures, we wish to pay a humble tribute to the great Potato that all of us love here on Potato News Today… You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Why physiological age of potato seed tubers counts

Physiological age is an important concept in potato production. The physiological age of seed tubers determines when the buds will sprout and how many sprouts will develop from those buds. It affects stem numbers and vine growth. It also influences tuber development and can have a significant impact on tuber yield and size distribution. What is physiological age? Physiological age[Read[Read More…]

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Researchers reflect on 30 years of potato breeding in South Africa

Potato production has a rich history in the Republic of South Africa (RSA). The first breeding programme in that country was initiated by the late Dr JE van der Plank back in 1950. Over the years, the focus of the breeding programme shifted from seed security and virus resistance in the 1950’s, to good yield and skin finish characteristics as[Read[Read More…]

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What are the elements of a good seed potato program?

If you talk to a group of potato growers, one issue is almost certain to come up: how to find seed potatoes free of disease, writes Carol Miller – editor of American Vegetable Grower. The U.S. potato seed industry can be difficult to navigate. Each region or state has its own rules for certifying seeds, which creates inconsistency, she writes.[Read[Read More…]

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Seed crisis in Kenya: Bad potato seed imports hit farmers ahead of the rainy season

Kenyan farmers are facing a shortage of certified potato seed following the rejection of 78 percent of the planting materials that had been imported last year. The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) rejected 221 tonnes of potato seed out of the total 282 tonnes that had been shipped into the country for multiplication ahead of this year’s planting season.[Read[Read More…]

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Commercial production of high-yielding GMO potato and jute varieties coming soon in Bangladesh

High yielding varieties of potato and ‘tosha paat (jute)’ will be introduced soon for commercial production as the National Seed Board (NSB) in Bangladesh has given its approval in this regard. According to sources, the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) has developed the high yield potato variety ‘BARI Alu-81’, while the Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) has developed the high[Read[Read More…]

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Philippines to import high quality potato seed from Canada to boost production

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Universal Robina Corp. (URC) in the Philippines signed a PHP5-million program to boost the potato industry in the country. In a ceremonial planting of potatoes at the far-flung village of Balutakay on Friday, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said under the partnership the URC will provide high quality Granola potato seed imported from Canada, a widely-cultivated[Read[Read More…]

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Researchers aim to develop heartier potatoes, but ‘generations of inbreeding’ may pose a challenge

Scientists are trying to revolutionize potatoes and….cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of inbreeding. ….Potatoes reproduce through cloning, so their genome is laden with mutations. Those mutations could result in ….stunted growth or shorter lifespans. A team of Chinese scientists looked for a better way to make potatoes reproduce, and along the way learned more about the genetics behind spuds’[Read[Read More…]

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CSS Farms grows seed potatoes as part of its portfolio

With seed farms and production facilities in nine states, CSS Farms stretches across the U.S. and it prides itself on having a culture of “doing it right.” Its vision statement includes a commitment toward “cultivating people, leadership and new technology,” as it seeks to be their customers’ preferred supplier. It also defines its core values as a commitment to excellence,[Read[Read More…]

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Agrico launches its new quality strategy

Agrico exhibited at Fruit Logistica in Berlin last month. During this leading international trade fair, Agrico, together with its subsidiaries, launched its new quality strategy. The central message that Agrico wanted to communicate to its international customers is the intensified focus on quality – a focus that is motivated by the new strategy Agrico 2030. Agrico wants to continue expanding[Read[Read More…]

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How one Montana family keeps its seed potato crop clean

When it comes to finding quality potato seed, the supplier’s reputation is everything. And Kimm Seed Potatoes, located in Manhattan, MT, has one of the best. It’s widely recognized as a reliable producer of healthy, disease-free seed. That reputation comes in part from how closely it works with the University of Montana’s seed certification program. The U.S. has a crazy[Read[Read More…]

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Cavendish Farms to breed drought resistant potato varieties, company president says

Cavendish Farms is working to develop potato varieties that can thrive in dry growing conditions on Prince Edward Island, says the company’s president Robert Irving. Irving was a guest speaker during the P.E.I. Youth Farmers annual general meeting at Murphy’s Community Centre this past Saturday. “We’ve got a whole seed investment now,” said Irving. “We’ve got a seed specialist and[Read[Read More…]

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