Research reports on the use of ethylene for sprout suppression in potatoes

AHDB Potatoes  funded an extensive programme of research on all aspects of potato storage. The reports referring to ethylene are listed below

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11140057 Integrating alternative sprout suppressants for the fresh market (2018-2022)

  • comparative efficacy of a range of sprout suppression treatments (with or without prior treatment with maleic hydrazide): ethylene, spearmint oil, orange oil, 1,4-dimethylnaphthalene (DMN) on a range of pre-pack varieties.

11140060 Response of potato processing varieties to storage at low temperatures (2019-2022)

  • effect of storage under either ethylene, low temperature (6oC) storage with DMN or normal temperature storage under DMN

11140043 Integrating alternative sprout suppressants for the processing market (2017-2022)

  • maleic hydrazide (MH), spearmint oil, ethylene, 1-4 dimethylnaphthalene (DMN)
  • sprouting and fry colour assessments

 R464 Research to develop best practice recommendations for the use of ethylene on processing cultivars (2012-2015)

  • effect of ethylene (alone or in combination with CIPC) on sprout suppression and processing quality

R438 Reducing post harvest losses and wastage in UK potato storage due to sprouting  (2010-2014)

  • caraway oil (S-carvone), clove oil (eugenol), spearmint oil (R-carvone), 3-decen-2-one, and UVC treatment

R426 Reducing energy usage and wastage by improving ethylene control of potato sprouting (2009-2012)

  • studies of molecular mechanism of ethylene effects on sprout growth (to identify the key potato genes and facilitate the development of markers for the genes)
  • effect of the combination of ethylene and other plant growth regulators on sprout suppression and sugar accumulation (spearmint oil (R-carvone), 1-MCP, DMN, methyl jasmonate)

R412 PhD studentship: Understanding the fundamental role of ethylene in potato storage (2008-2011)

  • ethylene application timings and effects on sprouting, sugars and plant growth

 R298 The effect of atmospheric components in potato storage on tuber characteristics (2007-2009)

  • effects of carbon dioxide and ethylene on taste and texture attributes of potato tubers

 R279 Review on the use of ethylene for sprout control in potatoes (2006)

  • literature review on the information available at the time