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  • Epitrix beetle: update and advice

    Epitrix is a very damaging potato pest from North America that is now established in Spain and Portugal. Imported potatoes from these countries represents a real and present threat to the GB potato industry. The threat posed by this pest and the measures that are being taken will be of interest to all those in the GB potato industry.  Latest Epitrix update: Consultation on strengthened protection...

    10 February 2016

  • Record warm winter weather reinvigorates Blight vigilance

    Blight generated strong debate at AHDB Potatoes’ Winter Forums held this January, as award winning Late-Blight specialist, Dr David Cooke, of the James Hutton Institute warned British potato farmers to remain vigilant during this coming season. “Late Blight remains the single most important disease for the £4.8bn British potato industry,” Dr Cooke announced.  “Spreading quickly in the foliage, a...

    9 February 2016

  • £150K potato storage fellowship cultivates cutting edge fruit research

    Capitalising on work from the horticulture sector, Dr Richard Colgan, leading post-harvest physiologist at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), aims to improve the delivery timing of potato crops into the UK retail and processing sector in one of three AHDB Potatoes awarded fellowships. “Storage is key to potato production in Great Britain. Over 3¼ million tonnes are stored every year and...

    9 February 2016

  • Updated tools to manage risk in the GB potato market

    AHDB market analyst, Arthur Marshall, discusses how keeping track of trends and market opportunities helps growers make crucial trading decisions. Up-to-date and relevant market intelligence is vital for farming businesses. “We’re at that pivotal point again in the potato farming calendar. Each week from now, more of 2015 crop will be utilised ex-store, and more of the 2016 will be planted in the...

    5 February 2016

  • Seafish announces project collaboration with AHDB Potatoes

    During last week’s 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards, at the Lancaster London Hotel, Seafish took to the stage to announce its collaboration with fellow levy board AHDB Potatoes, on a programme of work focusing on the nutritional analysis of fish and chips.  In an opening speech for the annual awards, now in their 28th year, Brian Young, acting chair for Seafish, welcomed the fish and chip...

    28 January 2016