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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.
Europatat Conference on plant health and potato trade was, well... GREAT!
Last week on 15 & 16 June, the Europatat Congress 2017 took place. Feedback on the congress and side events has been extremely positive.
Potato Cyst Nematodes threaten crop in Kenya
A survey done in 20 counties in Kenya released earlier this month, shows that Potato Cyst Nematode infestation has reached 80 to 100 per cent in some of the potato growing areas.
IPM approach seed potato growers Kangaroo Island hops to mainland Australia
Seed potato growers on Kangaroo Island - an island off the mainland of South Australia - are successfully adopting a new strategy to manage the aphids and thrips pestering their crops, taking on expert advice from agronomists and entomologists to adopt integrated pest management for these insect pests.
Colorado State University to study the spread of pathogens in US potato crops
Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner this week announced that Colorado State University will receive $264,600 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the spread of pathogens in U.S potato crops.
Should Seed Potato Growers start testing for Dickeya?
The potato disease Dickeya can be detected by laboratory testing — but is there enough of it present to justify the higher costs? That is the question facing Canadian Seed Potato Growers exporting to the United States who are increasingly asked for the test.
Northwest Potato Research Consortium has awarded grants for 37 regional potato projects
The Northwest Potato Research Consortium recently approved a combined $1.5 million in grant funding to 37 research projects.
The Sainsbury Laboratory received approval for a four-year trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes
In the United Kingdom, farming minster George Eustice (DEFRA) has approved a four-year trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich.