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  • Joined up approach to tackle blackleg

    AHDB Potatoes will be using this year’s Seed Industry Event to help develop a pan-industry approach to reverse the recent increase in blackleg. The bacterial disease, caused mainly by Pectobacterium species in the UK, has declined significantly since the 1960s, but in recent years has been rising again. “The Scottish seed industry is facing some challenges with blackleg levels,” says Rob Clayton...

    29 September 2016

  • Variety key to chip shop success

    Fish and chip shops need to offer more choice to help reverse 30 years of industry decline. Findings from a new study show health-conscious customers want to know nutritional information about their takeaway and many would welcome a greater variety of portion sizes. Three-quarters of customers also said they would like to see their fish and chips cooked in a way that lowered the saturated fat...

    12 September 2016

  • Potato, cereal and oilseed agronomy developments on show at AHDB conference

    AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and Potatoes are uniting to showcase evidence-based developments in agronomy this December. Initially a single day focused on cereals and oilseeds, a second potato-focused day has been added to the AHDB Agronomists’ Conference this year to bring extra rotational breadth to the event. Tim Isaac, Head of Knowledge Exchange for AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, said: “2016...

    26 August 2016

  • New honour launched on 20th anniversary of Potato Industry Award

    2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the highly coveted Potato Industry Award, to be presented to a new winner at the ever-popular AHDB Seed Industry Event dinner, Fife, Scotland on 3 November ( A new, second category of honour has been announced, two decades on from the launch of the original award, to partner the long-standing accolade for high achievers. The 'AHDB Above...

    26 August 2016

  • AHDB appoints new comms manager in Scotland

    AHDB's Scottish staff and board members – from left, Claire Hodge, Rebecca Geraghty, Doreen Anderson, Rob Burns, Sarah Hunter-Argyle, George Lyon, Alistair Melrose and Margaret Skinner   AHDB’s work in Scotland is being boosted with the appointment of Sarah Hunter-Argyle as its new dedicated Scottish communications manager.  Sarah joins AHDB from a communications role at SRUC. Based in AHDB’s...

    25 August 2016