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Making a potato variety heat tolerant could be as simple as switching a single gene
Scientists have identified a version of a single gene involved in the heat stress response that is more active in potato types that can tolerate high temperature, potentially providing potato breeders a tool to make potato varieties less vulnerable to increased temperature.
Doomsday? Svalbard Seed Vault flooded, threatened by Climate Change
Recent flooding of the global seed vault in Svalbard caused a stir, since it was designed to last forever. Luckily all seeds (including several thousand potato seeds) are OK, but already adaptations to the vault may be needed to deal with climate change.
Pepsico confirms ambitious new GHG emission targets are in line with keeping global warming below two degrees Celcius
PepsiCo has today confirmed that its ambitious new target for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction has been verified and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative as being in line with what climate science says is necessary to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.
Colombia: Con mejoramiento genético se obtendrían papas tolerantes a sequías
Mediante el estudio del genoma de papas nativas de Nariño, una investigación en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (U.N.) indaga secuencias de tolerancia a estrés por déficit de agua que permitan obtener papas comerciales con esta característica.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Farmers in Tanzania benefit from more resilient potato varieties
Situated in the Northeast of Tanzania, the district of Lushoto is part of the so called highlands of Tanzania where potatoes are traditionally grown. Due to heat and lack of resilient potato varieties, farmers would often lose all the crop.
Potatoes may be able to grow on Mars, a first simulation under Martian conditions suggests
The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth. The first results are positive!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Method developed to predict root mass of shrubs may be helpful for potato crop as well
Scientists at Cornell University have developed an electric capacitance measurement that is able to predict the root mass of shrubs and trees. What's more, they hint it may helpful for tubers and root crops as well
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Latin America loses up to 20% of its potato to the drought
Several experts on potato crops stated in Panama that global warming destroyed between 10% and 20% of Latin America's annual potato production and that it had become the main threat faced by this crop, even more than late blight, an aggressive fungus that affects this crop.