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  • Potato and horticulture industries praise AHDB Exports’ platform

    Growers and suppliers of potato and horticultural produce attending this month’s Fruit Logistica, the world’s leading fresh produce export event, have praised the high-profile platform provided by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), under their new AHDB Exports brand. AHDB’s new exports brand launched boldly into the international fresh produce arena in Berlin this month,...

    12 February 2016

  • Take 5 with... Emma Kelcher, Next Generation potato farmer

    Getting Started spoke to Emma Kelcher, one of AHDB Potatoes’ Next Generation delegates. Emma told us about the future of the potato industry and why this is such an exciting industry to be part of.

  • 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