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Researchers identified and characterized potato dry rot and potato wilt pathogens in Algeria

Researchers identified and characterized potato dry rot and potato wilt pathogens in Algeria

January 15, 2021
Among the 152 isolates collected from symptomatic potato plants and tubers in different provinces in Algeria, 13 species of Fusarium and Neocosmospora were identified.
Goodbye to potato late blight

Bangladesh imports two blight resistant (GM) potato lines developed at Michigan State University for a field trial

January 10, 2021
Bangladesh is importing two blight resistant (GM) potato lines developed at Michigan State University for a field trial. Success will save 20% yield loss and Tk100C in fungicide cost.
How Colorado Potato Beetles Beat Pesticides

How Colorado Potato Beetles Beat Pesticides

December 29, 2020
Native to the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado potato beetle has now spread to many parts of the world and quickly overcoming almost every pesticide thrown in its way. A new UVM study sheds light on how these insects become resistant so fast.
Chemical composition of wild potato relative contributes to its resistance to pathogen

Chemical composition of wild potato relative contributes to its resistance to pathogen

December 29, 2020
In a recent study published in the MPMI journal, scientists from CSU revealed that metabolites from S. chacoense contribute to disease resistance by altering the pathogenic behavior of Pectobacterium brasiliense, rather than inhibiting its growth or killing it.
Previously unknown variant of potato wart disease discovered in the Netherlands

Previously unknown variant of potato wart disease discovered in the Netherlands

December 22, 2020
According to a report by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), an unknown variant of wart disease was discovered in agricultural fields in the municipality of Stadskanaal in the north-east of the country.
Why a new potato variety could be a game-changer for farmers in East Africa

Why a new potato variety could be a game-changer for farmers in East Africa

December 17, 2020
Imagine being a potato farmer in Ethiopia, Kenya, or Nigeria. On a small piece of land, which you depend on for food and income, you have spent months planting, weeding, and watering.
Close-up of late blight infected potato leaves collected in Indonesia

Researchers map late blight strains in potato on Java, Indonesia

December 15, 2020
A new study published in Plant Pathology identifies for the first time the genotypes of P. infestans, causing late blight in the main potato-growing regions in Java, Indonesia.
Presence of Potato wart (Synchytrium endobioticum) confirmed in Prince Edward Island

Presence of Potato wart (Synchytrium endobioticum) confirmed in Prince Edward Island

December 01, 2020
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recently confirmed the presence of potato wart in two fields on a farm in Prince Edward Island (PEI). Potato wart is a regulated quarantine pest in Canada.
UK Potato Storage: regular checks vital this season for reducing risks

UK Potato Storage: regular checks vital this season for reducing risks

November 22, 2020
The continued wet weather in late October/early November in the United Kingdom has extended the harvesting season beyond eight weeks for some, which is clearly not good news where stores have been part-filled and cooling systems unable to function correctly.
Wildflowers could control aphid-borne viruses in potatoes

Wildflowers could control aphid-borne viruses in potatoes

November 17, 2020
Sowing wildflowers into potato crops could reduce aphid-carried viruses and offer an alternative to declining access to insecticides for growers.

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