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James Hutton Institute outlines plans for a 'Potato Innovation Hub' at Potatoes in Practice 2021

James Hutton Institute outlines plans for a 'Potato Innovation Hub' at Potatoes in Practice 2021

August 24, 2021
Recent advances in breeding technologies can be harnessed to fast track the breeding of new varieties. Sensors and drone technologies are driving integrated pest management solutions.
Union Surveys Potato Growers Ahead of Levy Board Changes

Scottish Farmers Union Surveys Potato Growers on AHDB activities ahead of changes

June 11, 2021
NFU Scotland is urging its potato growers to complete its survey to identify what functions carried out by the industry’s statutory levy body – AHDB Potatoes - are most valued ahead of body being wound down.
AHDB winding down horticulture and potatoes operations after farmers vote down levy continuation

AHDB winding down horticulture and potatoes operations after farmers vote down levy continuation

May 18, 2021
AHDB has announced it is winding down significant activities on behalf of the horticulture and potatoes sectors. While awaiting a decision on the future by Ministers in England, Scotland and Wales, AHDB wants to reassure levy payers their views have been heard.
Blight studies reveal evolution of potato disease in Europe and Asia

Blight studies reveal evolution of potato disease in Europe and Asia

May 03, 2021
Plant scientists at the James Hutton Institute are studying the evolution of late blight in potato by working with industry and research partners to track the distribution and diversity of dominant clones in Europe in 2020
AHDB coordinates potato sprout suppression position paper

AHDB coordinates potato sprout suppression position paper

April 23, 2021
The British potato industry remains in a state of great uncertainty and at significant risk of crop wastage and economic failure as a result of minimal progress on the availability of suitable sprout suppression chemistry.
AHDB appoints Tim Rycroft as CEO

AHDB appoints Tim Rycroft as CEO

April 02, 2021
Tim, currently Chief Operating Officer of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), will take up his position at the Stoneleigh-based levy board on 31 August 2021, replacing Jane King. During the intervening period, the interim AHDB CEO will be Ken Boyns, AHDB Chief Finance, and Operations Officer.
Bridging the gap between potato growers and scientists

Bridging the gap between potato growers and scientists

February 05, 2021
To ensure the research AHDB funds has the biggest impact and benefit for the potato industry, they work to connect growers with researchers and scientists with initiatives like their Strategic Spot Farms.
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.
Annual Cambridge Potato Conference will be an online event this year

Annual Cambridge Potato Conference will be an online event this year

November 17, 2020
After much discussion and planning by the CUPGRA Executive Committee, it has been decided, owing to COVID-19 restrictions, to go ahead with a virtual conference to continue the unbroken run of 30 successful CUPGRA Cambridge Potato Conferences.
World Potato Congress Inc. Webinar 'Developing the Pipeline from Genomics to New Products' with Dr. Mark Taylor

Next World Potato Congress Webinar: 'Developing the Pipeline from Genomics to New Products' with Dr. Mark Taylor

November 17, 2020
Next World Potato Congress webinar will be held on December 15, 2020, when Mark Taylor of the James Hutton Institute will speak on 'Developing the Pipeline from Genomics to New Products'
UK Researchers want to create a perfect potato using artificial intelligence

UK Researchers want to create a perfect potato using artificial intelligence

November 10, 2020
Videogame technology will be used to help develop the perfect potato as part of a ground-breaking new project involving Abertay University and a major potato seed supplier.
The Future of UK Potato Storage Research

The Future of UK Potato Storage Research

May 01, 2020
AHDB’s announcement that it is consulting on the future of the Sutton Bridge Crop Research Station, and on potato storage research more broadly, should worry every potato grower in this country.

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