Tag: Breeding

Canada: In praise of the Yukon Gold potato

Fifty years ago the Yukon Gold potato was invented. One man is on a mission to make sure the world knows it and celebrates this Canadian success story. On Barack Obama’s table at holiday feasts; on Justin Trudeau’s plate at his White House state dinner; and on the Oscar gala hors-d’oeuvres trays, was a small yellow potato called the Yukon Gold.[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: GMO potato company fires back

The company responsible for creating a genetically engineered potato has taken issue with comments made by Earth Action Prince Edward Island in a recent Guardian article. Earth Action leader Sharon Labchuk said in that article that genetically modified products are unsafe. But Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications at J.R. Simplot, the Idaho-based company that developed the potato, disagrees.[Read[Read More…]

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Research: Wild potato genes require less chemicals

When genetically modifying potatoes with genes from wild potato varieties to develop Phytophthora-resistant plants, researchers from Holland’s Wageningen University also developed plants requiring 80 percent less chemical control than conventional potatoes. Farmers who can afford to do so spray their potato crops against the Phytophthora infestans pathogen with chemicals up to 15 times a year. Farmers without the means for[Read[Read More…]

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Genetically engineered potato approved for sale in Canada

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved a genetically engineered potato for sale, said a U.S. based company. The non-browning spuds could be in Canadian supermarkets by Thanksgiving. J.R. Simplot Company was notified by both agencies in letters dated March 18, 2016 that it could sell its potatoes to consumers or for livestock consumption. Supposedly, the potatoes[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: More to potato varieties than just colour

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the apple industry, where consumers are much more brand focused and recognise apples by variety and not just by colour, Canadian potato company EarthFreshFoods has been trialing a project called ‘Potatoes of the World’ at Sobey’s and Longos (Ontario) and is hoping to show consumers that there is more to a variety than[Read[Read More…]

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Texas A&M University looking for Assistant/Associate Professor, Potato Breeding and Genetics

The Department of Horticultural Sciences seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position from individuals with expertise in potato breeding and genetics. The successful applicant will advance an outstanding program that has a proven track record of developing regionally- and nationally-adapted potato varieties and contributing to the knowledge base of potato breeding, genetics, and marker-assisted selection. The successful applicant will contribute[Read[Read More…]

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Canada releases new pink potato

This year, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has released 16 new kinds of potatoes, with bright pink and purple being touted as the hot new fashion colours for potatoes in Spring 2016. The potatoes were unearthed Wednesday 10 Feb., at events in Guelph, Ont., Frederiction, N.B. and Lethbridge, Alta. According to AAFC, the current crop of potatoes was narrowed down from[Read[Read More…]

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Caribou Russet variety gains international interest

Of the three new potato varieties released by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine in the past two years, at least one is gaining traction in the market. The Maine Potato Board of directors voted during a Jan. 28 meeting to allow the board’s executive staff to discuss an international licensing arrangement for the Caribou Russet with McCain Foods,[Read[Read More…]

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Germany: Nicola is the “potato of the year” 2016

The potato variety Nicola was added to the German varieties list in 1973. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Fitschen (Europlant, previously Saatzucht Soltau Bergen) cultivated the Nicola at the end of the 60s. The Nicola is a relatively early, waxy variety with a long to oval shape. The Nicola is widely popular outside its region of origin, the Lüneburg Heath. The Nicola is a[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: The Little Potato Company introduces exclusive new creamer potato varietal: “Chilean Splash”

The Little Potato Company is introducing a delicious, all new, proprietary Creamer varietal across Canada and the U.S., in limited supply from their very first harvest. The introduction of an exclusive new varietal from The Little Potato Company is a rare and celebratory occurrence. Chilean Splash, a bold new Creamer features a silky cream-colored skin with splashes of bright purple, a[Read[Read More…]

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