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  • Five new AHDB sector board members appointed in April 2016

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed five new members to its specialist sector boards. Reuben Collins has joined its Potato Sector Board, Dr Louise Sutherland the Horticulture Sector Board; Ben Schadla-Hall and Andrew Osmond the Cereals & Oilseeds Sector Board, and Richard Soffe the Dairy Sector Board. They were recruited through open competition with...

    29 April 2016

  • Key events for potato growers

      Scotland is set to host a number of important potato sector events in the coming months. AHDB Potatoes is highlighting the dates for three key events set to take place in July, August and November. Claire Hodge, Knowledge Transfer Manager for AHDB Potatoes in Scotland, explains more: “Once the majority of growers have finished planting, we are keen to draw their attention to these three key...

    4 May 2016

  • Breakthrough in identifying blight resistance enables rapid crop improvement

    A recent breakthrough in identifying resistance to an important global disease of potatoes has opened the door for rapid improvement of crops to prevent losses. Potato late blight (Phytophthora infestans) is a severe threat to the production of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide. Scientists from The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) have developed a faster and more...

  • Suffolk and Scottish spud farms join strategic potato project

    An estate in west Suffolk and a Perthshire-based farm business have been named as two new AHDB strategic potato farms (SPot). They join the already established Staffordshire SPot farm to become regional research and demonstration hubs for potato growers and suppliers, applying AHDB scientific research on a farm scale and helping growers to implement changes on their own farms. Elveden Farms...

  • New Scottish Strategic Potato Farm announced

    Bruce Farms, the multi-facetted Perthshire based agricultural business, has been announced as the host for a new project which aims to be of benefit to all of Scotland’s potato growers. Bruce Farms, based at Meigle in Perthshire will facilitate the new AHDB Strategic Potato Farm project. The SPot Farm, as it will be known, is a practical, farmer-driven project which aims to give growers the...

    13 April 2016