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Peru has a new potato that will help farmers weather the cold

In a country with more than 5,000 potato varieties, the arrival of another one should not really be a big deal. But this is Peru, where the potato was first domesticated and still plays a vital role in national identity. A trio of CALS scientists has helped extend this rich tradition by introducing a new, frost-resistant variety that can help[Read[Read More…]

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Ayrshire potatoes granted EU protected status

Ayrshire potatoes have been granted special status under EU rules to protect them from imitation. The potatoes join a list of Scottish products including Stornoway Black Pudding, Scotch whisky and Scottish salmon which also enjoy protected geographic indication (PGI) status. Only products from particular regions may be badged as such under the system, in order to prevent fakes. Culture Secretary[Read[Read More…]

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Irish potato partnership powers success

Teagasc and IPM Potato Group (IPM) have been collaborating since the early 1970s when they first formed a partnership to breed new varieties of potatoes for the Irish and global markets.   IPM and Teagasc signed a new fifteen year agreement in Oak Park, Carlow Wednesday 10 July, continuing this successful partnership and collaboration. Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said:[Read[Read More…]

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The rise, fall and resurrection of Russian seed bank pioneer Nikolai Vavilov

Suspect for State’s Case Number 1500 sat in his cell, facing unending days of solitary confinement and interrogation, accused of spying “for foreign intelligence services.” Alone, seized and imprisoned, he worried about his work, the seeds collected from all over the world, his legacy, his institute. Suddenly he realized how large a burden he had borne, for in his own[Read[Read More…]

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Potatoes one of top high potassium foods

Bananas are a well-known source of potassium, but many other foods contain just as much — if not more — of this nutrient, including potatoes. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps regulate fluid and blood levels in the body. Many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of potassium. Meat, milk, yogurt, and nuts are also good sources, but also potatoes.[Read[Read More…]

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Ayrshire potatoes get special status to protect them from copycats

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but some Scottish food producers do not take the risk. Stornoway black pudding, Shetland lamb and the Arbroath smokie are among the products granted EU protection from copycats in recent years. Now a dinnertime staple is to join them: the Ayrshire new potato. It is the latest to be awarded protected geographical indication (PGI) status.[Read[Read More…]

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Puffin produce updates packaging for fresh potato brand

Puffin Produce Ltd. unveiled a new look for its Blas y Tir brand of fresh potatoes, including the new 1kg Blas y Tir Pembrokeshire Earlies, which are now available in supermarkets across Wales. The rest of the brand will follow suit over the coming months.  Megan Tye, marketing manager at Puffin Produce: “The new packaging is very nostalgic, but also[Read[Read More…]

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Teagasc and IPM Potato Group sign new 15 year partnership agreement

Teagasc and IPM Potato Group (IPM) have recently signed a new fifteen year agreement in Oak Park, Carlow. The two groups have been collaborating since the early 1970s when they first formed a partnership to breed new varieties of potatoes for the Irish and global markets. Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Given the long lead times in developing new[Read[Read More…]

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Highest Agrico payout ever

Cooperative Agrico has determined the payout prices for seed and consumption potatoes from the 2018 harvest and presented them to its members, according to a report published by FreshPlaza today. Potato News Today could not find details of this information on the Agrico English language website, but wish to report that – according to the FreshPlaza article – the average[Read[Read More…]

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Britain’s largest field-based potato event to be held in August

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. The event brings together variety demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar. In the field, you’ll find commercial breeders showcasing the latest varieties, agronomists demonstrating what’s new in crop protection and researchers discussing their most recent findings,[Read[Read More…]

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Ethiopian growers help select potato varieties that the market demands

Potatoes are important to food security and they are a cash crop in Ethiopia for small-scale farmers, who account for 83% of the total population and hold 95% of agricultural land. It is widely grown in the highland areas and is one of the few fast growing commodities expanding into non-traditional areas. The International Potato Center (CIP) has partnered with[Read[Read More…]

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Grow faster, grow stronger: Speed-breeding crops to feed the Future

Plant breeders are fast-tracking genetic improvements in food crops to keep pace with global warming and a growing human population, writes Knvul Sheikh in an article published in the New York Times yesterday. Sheikh writes that farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly, requiring ever more food, but the amount of[Read[Read More…]

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Scientists develop biofortified ‘super spud’ in a bid to tackle malnutrion

Scientists are creating a “super potato”, fortified with iron and zinc, in a bid to tackle malnutrition in developing countries, reports The Telegraph. According to the report, millions of people around the world suffer micronutrient deficiencies – a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. This can lead to stunting in children, who then go on to suffer cognitive delays, weakened immunity[Read[Read More…]

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Belgian partners, Peruvian farmers and researchers join forces around ‘tunta’ potatoes

ILVO, HOGENT and TRIAS in Belgium are hosting a Peruvian delegation to the Food Pilot (ILVO, Melle, Belgium) to get the production of so-called “tuntas” (freeze dried potatoes) in a small cooperative factory in the Andes. Flemish food technologists perform experiments and analyses in Belgium together with the Peruvians. The goal of the development cooperation project is to make the[Read[Read More…]

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Leading Tasmanian seed potato company wants to raise profile as minituber producer at upcoming conference

Raising the profile of its minituber production capabilities will be one of the main aims for Tasmania’s leading seed potato and agronomy businesses at this month’s Hort Connections event in Melbourne, reports FreshPlaza. Agronico was one of the first companies in Australia to introduce its own tissue culture lab, as part of its quality end-to-end seed potato process, which goes[Read[Read More…]

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Potato farmers in five African counties to access certified planting material after Dutch investment

Potato farmers in five African counties can now access certified planting material after a Dutch-based horticultural firm introduced new technology to mass produce high yielding and disease resistant seed varieties in Nakuru, Kenya. Agrico East Africa, located on a 1,300-acre farm at Olrongai in Kenya has already received certification from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) to embark on[Read[Read More…]

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Sensory research digs deep to understand why people like potatoes

Potato lovers are sure to find this research about spuds appealing. Chetan Sharma is completing his doctorate in human nutrition at Kansas State University’s Olathe campus under the guidance of Martin Talavera, assistant professor of sensory analysis and consumer behavior. For his dissertation, Sharma is conducting a comprehensive, multiyear project that looks at the sensory aspects of potatoes. He is focusing[Read[Read More…]

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New varieties, research to highlight July 18 potato field day in Texas

The annual Texas Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program Field Day, hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Barrett Potato Farms, will be July 18. The program is free, and lunch will be provided. Participants will first assemble at the Springlake Potato Sales, Texas Highway 385 between Littlefield and Springlake, at 10 a.m. and then go to the field,[Read[Read More…]

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