Varieties

CIP: Improved potato varieties boost food security and livelihoods of millions in Asia

The potato is one of the most important crops in Asia, contributing to the food security and incomes of millions of families. Asian farmers produced almost 196 million metric tons of potatoes in 2017—about half of the global harvest—and many of those potatoes were bred by scientists at the International Potato Center (CIP).

Estonian Crop Research Institute trials newly developed red skinned potato varieties

Early red-skinned potatoes were harvested at a greenhouse in Jõgeva on Thursday, and scientists will now determine which varieties give the best yield and are most resistant to the negative effects of indoor lighting, ERR News reports. On December 13, five newly developed varieties of red-skinned potatoes were planted in pots in the Estonian Crop Research Institute (Eesti Taimekasvatuse Instituut)[Read More…]

New russet potato variety honoring Idaho's Galena Peak poised for release

A high-yielding russet potato that was bred locally and should be officially released soon has shown promise as a short-season variety for processing that’s suited for storing at cold temperatures. Rich Novy, a potato breeder with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Aberdeen, made the initial cross for the russet line, A03141-6, in 2003. Novy said the spud will be called[Read More…]

Italian novelty products: Crunchy potatoes with zero residues

Two highly innovative Italian potato products are making their debut on the market – Zero Hero, the certified zero residue potato, and Fornatine, selected potatoes to be baked in the oven but crispy just like fried ones, FreshPlaza reports. These products have already aroused the interest of both Italian and foreign operators in the sector, as well as producers, buyers[Read More…]

WPC webinar reminder: Hybrid Breeding and Hybrid True Potato Seeds (HTPS) Revolutionizing The Potato Industry

Don’t miss out on the World Potato Congress’ (WPC) second webinar of 2020 featuring Mr. Hein Kruyt, CEO of Solynta.  The webinar will be hosted this coming Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (USA and Canada). Here’s how to register in advance:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_56DjN0QuQSm1MulwjtpqGwFollowing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Webinar participants will be[Read More…]

'Quikgro': Potato varieties suited to sub-Saharan conditions

Potato is a key food and cash crop contributing both to food security and the local economy in Kenya, Malawi and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists from the James Hutton Institute in collaboration with the University of St Andrews in the UK are supporting an innovative research project aiming to develop potato varieties suited to the agronomic and environmental conditions[Read More…]

'Starch Trek': What it takes to breed a new potato variety

[Although this extensive article by Marcel Bruins was originally published by European Seed in 2018, I believe it to be as relevant and topical today as it was then, and I decided to publish a very brief summary of part of it here with a link to the full article. – Lukie] European Seed sat down with some of the[Read More…]

Potato breeding research in Maine boosted by new federal funding

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced February 13th that the University of Maine’s (UMaine) Cooperative Extension Potato Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program has been awarded $553,486 to conduct further research on potato breeding in Maine. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). “Maine’s potato industry is an integral[Read More…]

Wilcox Fresh to roll out a new gold-fleshed russet potato variety

Wilcox Fresh in Rexburg, Idaho, is rolling out a new potato variety, a gold-fleshed russet, which the company plans to feature at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure 2020 expo in Tampa, The Produce News reports. “We have a new variety of potato we are marketing,” said Derek Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing at Wilcox. “On the outside,[Read More…]

Agrico demonstrates its contribution to sustainable potato cultivation during Fruit Logistica event

Global potato seed and variety company Agrico exhibited at Fruit Logistica in Berlin last week – Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 February 2020. During this leading international trade event, Agrico and its subsidiaries demonstrated the company’s successful contribution to sustainable potato cultivation for the ‘Next Generation’. Agrico named its strategy for 2020-2030 “good growth“. Their responsibility towards people, the planet[Read More…]

Retiring Univ of Idaho potato scientist recounts evolution of Idaho ag

Jeff Stark’s retirement plans would just have to wait. With only two and a half weeks to his retirement, Stark was busy completing all the necessary paper work for the release of the Galena Russet potato. Stark had been the director of the University of Idaho’s Potato Variety Development Program since 2006 and he estimated that the Galena Russet was[Read More…]

Argentina: Field trials with non-browning CRISPR-edited potatoes start

In a study published recently in the Frontiers in Plant Science magazine, scientists from Argentina and Sweden reported they have edited a polyphenol oxidase gene in potatoes (Solanum tubersoum L.). After successfully editing the gene, they obtained tubers free of enzymatic browning. With the approval of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Commission, field trials began that “will … generate data to register[Read More…]

Podcast: Solynta's Charles Miller on the Hybrid True Potato Seed Revolution

Charles Miller, commercial director for Solynta, sat down with SeedWorld to talk about the inroads the company has made in regard to hybrid true potato seed. He also talks about his love of fly fishing and what it’s taught him about being successful in business. The interview was hosted by Marc Zienkiewicz, and recorded at the recent American Seed Trade[Read More…]

Agrico reaches out to the world with ‘Next Generation’ at Fruit Logistica

Agrico will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin from Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 February 2020. At this leading international trade event, Agrico, together with its subsidiaries, will demonstrate its successful contribution to sustainable potato cultivation for the ‘Next Generation’. The title of Agrico’s strategy 2020-2030 is ‘good growth’. The company’s responsibility for people, planet and profit is very[Read More…]

Report: North Dakota fresh market potato cultivar/selection trial results for 2019

Andy Robinson, Extension Potato Agronomist, NDSU/University of Minnesota, Eric Brandvik, Research Specalist, NDSU; and Peter Ihry, Agriculture Technician, NDSU compiled this report. They say potato cultivars or selections included in the report were selected from recently released cultivars or from advancing selections with release potential (numbered lines progressing through the trial process), or cultivars that are new to the US.[Read More…]

South African potato industry to have greater access to Mondial variety

South Africa’s potato production industry is set to gain from a settlement agreement approved recently by the Competition Tribunal (CompTrib), according to a report published by Farmers Weekly. This agreement, between Netherlands-based seed potato breeder, HZPC Holland (HZPC) and previous exclusive South African distributor of the company’s popular Mondial variety, Wesgrow Potatoes (Wesgrow), will lead to greater competition on the[Read More…]

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