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Biochemistry offers path to help reduce huge losses in potato industry

Unraveling the wound-healing process in potatoes

August 26, 2021
Losses in the United States' number one vegetable crop, potatoes, aren't only due to pests or drought, they’re due to damage in the handling and storage of potatoes as well. Understanding the wound-healing process in potatoes may help reduce these losses.
Potato LEAF Awards 2021-22 Scholarship to Thilani Jayakody Outstanding Michigan State Graduate Student Receives Award for Potato Research

Potato LEAF Awards 2021-22 Scholarship to Thilani Jayakody for her Potato Research

August 23, 2021
The Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) is pleased to announce Thilani Jayakody, as the recipient of its 2021-22 Academic Scholarship.
Many of us remember RNA from high school biology, where we were taught that the RNA molecule reads DNA, then makes proteins to carry out tasks

RNA breakthrough creates crops that can yield 50% more potatoes, rice

July 25, 2021
Manipulating RNA can dramatically increase the yield of potato plants, as well as increasing drought tolerance, announced a group of scientists from the University of Chicago, Peking University and Guizhou University.
US pushes Mexico for approval of GM crops, access to potato market.

US pushes Mexico for approval of GM crops, access to potato market

July 12, 2021
The United States pressured Mexico on Wednesday to allow genetically modified crops into the country and to open up access to U.S.-grown potatoes. Trade talks were held Wednesday in Mexico City.
USDA Announces Deregulation Extension of Potato Developed Using Genetic Engineering

USDA Extends Deregulation of Simplot Potato Varieties Developed Using Genetic Engineering

April 29, 2021
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is extending deregulation to J.R. Simplot Company’s (Simplot) potato variety developed using genetic engineering, designated as Snowden Z6 (Z6 potato).
WPC Webinar - January 24, 2020 with Dr. David Douches

World Potato Congress Webinar: January 24, 2020 with Dr. David Douches

January 13, 2020
The World Potato Congress (WPC) continues with its webinar series in its 2020 on January 24, with a webinar featuring Dr. David Douches of 'Feed the Future – Biotechnology Potato Partnership'
New sweet potato variety could appeal to Canadian growers

New sweet potato variety could appeal to Canadian growers

July 08, 2019
The idea was straightforward: develop a sweet potato variety that could be adapted across Canada so the country could grow more sweet potatoes rather than rely on imports.
ARS scientists streamline process to introduce multiple genes - as is required to make potatoes resistant to late blight

ARS scientists streamline process to introduce multiple genes - as is required to make potatoes resistant to late blight

August 06, 2018
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Albany, California, have found a way to streamline the process that scientists use to insert multiple genes into a crop plant. Simplot is planning to use it to introduce multiple genes into potatoes to make them resistant to late blight
Potato Processing company J.R. Simplot acquires license for CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing technology

Potato Processing company J.R. Simplot acquires license for CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing technology

August 06, 2018
J.R. Simplot has acquired a license for CRISPR-Cas9 and related gene editing tools. This provides Simplot with another avenue to add desirable traits to fruits and vegetables, including potatoes.
Experimental potato delivers bounty of vitamin A and E

Experimental potato delivers bounty of vitamin A and E

December 21, 2017
An experimental 'golden' potato has the potential to provide as much as 42 percent of a child’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 34 percent of a child’s recommended intake of vitamin E, according to a study co-led at The Ohio State University.
Analyzing the genes of ancient potatoes helps to improve future varieties

Analyzing the genes of ancient potatoes helps to improve future potato varieties

November 01, 2017
Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped potatoes adapt over thousands of years.

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