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New resistance genes against late blight were identified in a close relative of the potato, Solanum americanum

Late blight resistance genes identified in potato relative Solanum americanum

February 22, 2021
An international team of researchers has struck an important blow in the ongoing evolutionary arms race with the notorious potato disease late blight (Phytophthora infestans).
Hybrid potatoes are sown instead of planted

From 'ridge' to 'bed' – the next step in HZPC potato innovation

June 25, 2020
Increasing food security in areas that are hard to access. This is one of the ideas behind an important potato innovation by HZPC: hybrid potato breeding.
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) studies wild potatoes for new pest-free potato varieties

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) studies wild potatoes for new pest-free potato varieties

May 14, 2020
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is to study wild potato varieties for resistance to a wide range of potato-diseases and plagues. This broad approach should yield breeding material that can be used to develop disease-free potato varieties.
The Dutch company Solynta has been focused on non-GMO potato breeding (F1 hybrid potato breeding) and the eventual distribution of its varieties as true potato seed instead of seed potatoes (Courtesy: Solynta)

Solynta develops a blight resistant potato variety (non-GMO)

August 22, 2017
The Dutch company Solynta has developed a potato variety that is resistant to late blight (Phytophthora Infestans). As a result, it could greatly reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture.

DuRPh Scientists monitoring the status of the trial plots

Durably resistant potatoes with wild potato genes offer 80% reduction in chemical control

March 21, 2016
Research to develop potatoes with sustainable resistance against phytophthora via genetic modification with genes from wild potatoes and good resistance management ended with the publication of the scientific results. The approach resulted in potato plants which require 80% less chemical control.
Researchers involved in the DuRPh project

Resistance genes of wild potato relatives offer help in combat against Phytophthora

September 10, 2015
Research shows that crops with stacks of two or more resistance genes from closely related species, introduced into the crop via for instance genetic engineering, combined with the simultaneous introduction of resistance management, can ensure the long-term resistance of these plants to economically significant and aggressive diseases.
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Solynta 'Hybrid Potatoes from True Seeds' Technology named Dutch National Icon

Solynta 'Hybrid Potatoes from True Seeds' Technology named Dutch National Icon

November 18, 2014
In the presence of HRH King Willem Alexander, the Dutch Government through Minister Kamp honored Solynta as Dutch National Icon for its breakthrough discovery ”Hybrid Potatoes from True seeds'.
Snacks #1 product carrying GMO free label; increased use expected

Snacks #1 product carrying GMO free label; increased use expected

May 12, 2013
Interest in natural products has grown markedly in recent years. This has been reflected in a number of ways in new product activity, such as the use of all natural colors, flavors and other raw materials and in the growing use of GMO-free labeling.
Discovery of genetic mechanism allowing potato cultivation in northern latitudes

Discovery of genetic mechanism allowing potato cultivation in northern latitudes

March 08, 2013
An international team of scientists headed by Wageningen University has discovered a genetic mechanism which allows potato plants to develop tubers during the long days of spring and summer in northern latitudes.

Wagenings onderzoek met GM-aardappel bij Raad van State aangevochten

May 16, 2012
De organisatie Gentechvrije Burgers uit Lelystad heeft een zaak bij de Raad van State aangespannen waarin wordt geëist dat de vergunning die door het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu is verleend aan de Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek van Wageningen Universiteit voor proeven met genetisch gemodificeerde aardappelplanten wordt vernietigd.

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