‘Edinburgh Potato’ used in fight against potato blight

A hybrid potato that is resistant to the crop-destroying fungus known as blight is being trailed as a potential saviour of some of the country’s best-known varieties of spud. The so-called “Edinburgh Potato” mixes domestic and wild Mexican breeds. There are fears it could wipe out family favourites such as King Edwards and Maris Pipers in the coming decades. Researchers[Read More…]

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Huckleberry Gold potatoes gaining popularity with consumers

When the New York Times’ food and wine writer waxes poetic about your potato — “Inside the Huckleberry Gold’s purple jacket is a fine-textured potato with rich flavor” — you know you may have a winner on your hands… or at least on the dinner table! The “you” in this case happens to be Agricultural Research Service’s Small Grains and[Read More…]

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World Potato Congress announces date for next meeting

Adelaide, South Australia has been named as the host city for the 2023 World Potato Congress (WPC), the first time this globally significant biennial business event has been held in Australia. Apart from highlighting the destination’s business events offering including accessibility, world class venues, hotels and connectivity, the successful bid, led by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Potatoes South Australia,[Read More…]

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Yield10 Bioscience signs agreement with J. R. Simplot to evaluate novel potato yield traits

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. today announced that it has signed a research agreement with Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Company, to evaluate three novel yield traits in potato. Under the agreement with Yield10, Simplot plans to conduct research with these yield traits within its research and development program as a strategy to improve crop performance and sustainability. The[Read More…]

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‘Survival of the Fittest Tuber’: Potato breeding in Maine

Pinto Gold, a potato variety developed by the University of Maine’s potato breeding and variety development program, made its debut in May 2018. Named for its alternating patches of red and yellow skin colors, the yellow-fleshed tubers range from oval to fingerling shapes, said Gregory Porter, professor of crop ecology and management at the university. He leads the potato breeding[Read More…]

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Pike Lake Farms in Canada offers ‘diabetic friendly’ potatoes

Although potatoes can be a tasty treat, they can wreak havoc on the blood sugar level of people with diabetes—at least, that had been the rule until Montana State University researchers developed the Huckleberry Gold potato, which is now being harvested at Pike Lake Farms in Sheguiandah in Canada’s Ontario province.  “This is our first year growing them. When we[Read More…]

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Organic potato acreage increasing in the US in response to demand

The appeal of organic potatoes is increasing and growers are planting more acreage in response. This is according to Jeff Stachelek of Albert Bartlett USA, and is supported by Nielsen sales data. Stachelek says that the majority of growth in the potato category is occurring in the specialty types like bite-sized and fingerlings, as well as organic. As a result,[Read More…]

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Customers prefer New Zealand grown potatoes, industry body says

Supermarket chain Countdown says its biggest selling potato is still the one with the least flavour – white washed potatoes – providing an opportunity for growers. This is according to industry body Potatoes New Zealand. The organization says in a press release that countdown business manager vegetables Grant Robinson is of the opinion that potatoes were a pantry staple, with[Read More…]

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Heritage and specialty potato varieties take Ireland by storm

Maria Flynn at Ballymakenny Farm in Ireland is one remarkable lady – and so are the marvelous heritage and specialty potato varieties that she grows at Ballymakenny farm. The potatoes are marketed to high end restaurants in Ireland. Beautifully coloured creations they are – filled with the best nutritional value that only potatoes can offer. Where else can one go[Read More…]

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New antioxidant rich, red skinned potato variety developed by Indian scientists

Kufri Neelkanth is a new table purpose medium maturing specialty potato cultivar released for cultivation in the Northern Indian plains. It is rich in antioxidants (anthocyanins and carotenoids. The average yield of the variety is 35-38 t/ha. The tubers of the variety are dark purple black, oval in shape with medium deep eyes, cream flesh, good storability, medium dry matter[Read More…]

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Rwanda ready to trial GM potato varieties

Rwanda is set to join other Eastern Africa countries in growing genetically modified (GM) potato varieties, a technology that has, in the past, attracted wide-ranging public scrutiny in the country. Dr. Patrick Karangwa, the Director General of the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), told participants at the African Potato Association (APA) in Kigali that the country will try a potato variety[Read More…]

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Curbing food waste: Simplot’s senior manager of marketing and biotech affairs touts Innate potato

At a July 23 breakfast briefing titled ”Saving Food, Fighting Food Waste,” Doug Cole, the senior manager of marketing and biotech affairs at Simplot Plant Sciences in Boise, Idaho, reportedly said Simplot has developed a potato that will not brown and therefore won’t be thrown away by retailers, restaurants or consumers. According to an article by jerry Hagstrom published in[Read[Read More…]

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‘Game changing’ seed potato project employs latest satellite technology

A “game-changing” project for seed potato producers is one of six projects to share new grant funding of £438,000 from the European Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP). The TuberZone project, centred on Montrose-based Grampian Growers, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Angus-based Soil Essentials, has received £74,712 to help growers determine the ideal burn-down[Read More…]

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Newly bred Indian potato variety said to be rich in antioxidants, ready for commercial production

Whether fried, baked or sliced, potato gels with nearly every Indian dish. Its bond with Indian consumers would be further strengthened with the introduction of a new variety said to be rich in antioxidants with excellent flavour when compared to traditional varieties. Bred and developed by the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) in Shimla, the new variety is dark purple[Read More…]

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Join the CIP-organized entry level training school on using potato biodiversity in breeding

The International Potato Center (CIP) is organizing an entry level training school where you will learn about crop biodiversity and how genetic resources can be used in pre-breeding. The training school will take place at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima from November 5th until November 7th, 2019. This training school is aimed at (Junior) potato breeders and researchers from Latin America who are interested[Read More…]

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Biotechnology Potato Partnership: Late blight field trials underway in Michigan

The Feed the Future Biotechnology Potato Partnership says in its latest Quarterly Update that it is testing one of it’s two 3 R-gene late blight resistant potato varieties in field trials this summer. Private sector project partner, Simplot Plant Sciences transformed the Diamant variety and Michigan State University (MSU) propagated mini-tuber certified seed via nutrient film technique (NFT) and grew[Read More…]

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Eleven new potato varieties accepted for commercial cultivation in Pakistan

The Variety Evaluation Committee of Pakistan’s Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has recommended 11 new potato varieties for commercial cultivation in Pakistan. The committee reportedly met at the PARC premises on Monday with the Chairman PARC Muhammad Ayub Chaudhry in the chair and then accorded the approval of the vareities for commercial cultivation. Twenty four potato varieties in total were presented[Read More…]

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