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  • Understanding of potato nematode's genes holds out hope of new treatments

    An international research collaboration led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new insights into how it can be stopped. "This is an exciting discovery which reveals the potato cyst nematode's 'parasitism toolkit'," said Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, of the...

    13 June 2016

    Source: HortWeek

  • Elveden Estate welcomes first visitors to Strategic Potato Farm project

    The complex balance of variables which contribute to the perfect potato are being put to the test at an East Anglian proving ground for the latest growing ideas. The Elveden Estate, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border near Thetford, is the nation’s second Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm – a project co-ordinated by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s potatoes division (AHDB Potatoes). At...

    11 June 2016

    Source: Eastern Daily Press

  • Healthy eating graphic from Public Health England was developed with members of food and drinks industry

    A healthy eating graphic from Public Health England (PHE) was developed with members of the food and drinks industry, documents show. The image for the Eatwell Guide, which was unveiled in March, was decided upon by a reference group made up of almost 50% industry members. These included the British Retail Consortium, the Food and Drink Federation, and the Institute of Grocery Distribution, whose...

    22 May 2016

    Source: Independent

  • 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...

    25 April 2016

    Source: The Genome Analysis Centre

  • 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...

    13 April 2016

    Source: Farmer's Weekly

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