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  • Potato yields need to improve, says AHDB chief scientist

      Potato yields need to make a stepped increase to cope with global demand, declared Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chief scientist Prof Ian Crute at the AHDB Potatoes West Midlands Potato Day (June 8).   Closing the yield gap by translating science into practice is the only way forward, he said at the event, held at Weston-under-Lizard in Staffordshire.   Potatoes are a...

    27 July 2011

  • Glyphosate - are your seed potatoes at risk?

      Seed potato growers with crops bordering cereals or oilseed rape should beware the on-going risk of contamination resulting from drift from neighbouring crops, warns AHDB Potatoes seed and export executive Sophie Lock.    Used as a harvest aid for cereal crops and oilseed rape, glyphosate can cause significant damage to seed until after defoliation takes place, even at concentrations below the...

    27 July 2011

  • Potato genome set to help industry address challenges

    An international consortium that includes British scientists has sequenced the potato genome, opening possibilities for exploring the characteristics that contribute to a successful commercial variety.     These recent developments in mapping the potato genome could offer growers access to varieties that are drought tolerant or are resistant to diseases such as blight or potato cyst nematodes...

    27 July 2011

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