How many potato varieties are there in total?
We all know there are different potato varieties. Depending on where you live, you may know Bintje (Continental Europe), Russet Burbank (US, Canada), Maris Piper (UK) or Kufri Jyoti (India).
How many potato varieties there are in total? Probably far more than you think!
Given the fact that there are over 4200 native potato varieties described and multiple databases and books identify well over 5000 cultivated potato varieties, PotatoPro estimates the total number of potato varieties well over 10.000.
Potato breeders furthermore create a continuous stream of new potato varieties. Although recently potatoes developed by genetic modification have become available in some markets, almost all of these varieties have been developed using conventional breeding technology.
Potato Crossbreeding, the conventional way to develop new potato varieties