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  • Theory to Field – New insight into PCN populations

    It won’t come as a surprise that the PCN population has been changing. Results of a new survey reveal the new dynamics and much more besides. CPM asks key scientists about their findings and how their research will help the industry. "The dominance of G. pallida is worrying and highlights the need for breeding for resistance to it." By Lucy de la Pasture AHDB has estimated that the potato cyst...

    12 June 2016

    Source: CPM Magazine

  • Trade deal for seed potato exports to Kenya

    Scotland can now export seed potatoes to Kenya after a new trade agreement opened the market.  The deal was announced by Scotland’s rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing, who said Kenya represents a “significant” new market, as the country currently only grows two per cent of its potatoes from certified seed. It follows a visit to Kenya by the Scottish government and AHDB Potatoes in early...

    17 November 2016

    Source: Fresh Produce Journal

  • Scottish and Kenyan potato experts strengthen collaborative links

    Scientists, plant health officials, representatives from farmers’ organisations and potato growers from Scotland and Kenya participated in a workshop held in Nairobi to discuss findings from BBSRC and Scottish Government funded research on virus resistance, heat tolerance and early maturity of potato crops.  The meeting, funded by a BBSRC GCRF Impact accelerator account award to the University...

    17 November 2016

    Source: The James Hutton Institute

  • Price of potatoes set to rise after poor weather affects crop

    For the latest research shows that potato prices are unusually high this autumn after adverse weather hit crops across Europe earlier this year. Data from commodity analysts Mintec shows that EU potato prices were up 13 per cent year-on-year this month because poor weather delayed harvests and reduced yields. Mintec reported: “Potato production is expected to fall two per cent year-on-year to 24....

    23 October 2016

    Source: reportuk.org

  • Leadsom prepares to take food exports ‘to the next level’

    A five-year export strategy to open new overseas markets for UK agriculture is being drawn up by the government, Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom has revealed. The strategy to take the UK’s food and drink sector to the next level is being devised as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. “The events of recent months mean plenty of export opportunities lie ahead,” said Mrs Leadsom. “We now...

    14 October 2016

    Source: Farmers Weekly Interactive

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