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  • Changes in foliar late blight resistance ratings

    Recent research has led to adjustments in foliar late blight resistance ratings. Some varieties such as Cara, historically rated as seven, have been amended to five. These changes, revealed to a packed audience at the Winter Forum at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, Lincolnshire on February 22, are now live on the British Potato Variety Database. “The resistance scores of varieties rated...

    31 July 2011

  • AHDB Potatoes welcomes Sharon as communications manager

    The AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Transfer team has a new leader, Dr Sharon Hall. Sharon brings a breadth of skills to the role that encompasses leadership, technical expertise and scientific communications, explains AHDB Potatoes director Rob Clayton.“We have a very strong, cohesive and committed potato team and with Sharon taking the communications role, I know levy-payers will be comfortable that...

    31 July 2011

  • Does storage affect the taste of your potato?

    A two-year trial undertaken at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) to monitor taste and texture of stored potatoes has shown clear differences according to variety. Peeled, steamed potatoes were tasted by a panel of judges in January or May each year, looking for the effects of carbon dioxide on stored potatoes. Undertaken to examine occasional incidences of unsatisfactory storage in...

    29 July 2011

  • Protecting against Alternaria

    Cost-effective fungicide regimes to keep Alternaria at bay will come under the spotlight at the East Midlands Potato Day, organised by AHDB Potatoes, QV Foods and McCain Foods, which takes place in early July. The disease, also known as early blight, is becoming increasingly important as a result of the susceptibility of varieties currently being grown, the tendency to hotter spells of weather...

    29 July 2011

  • Infra red scanning of manure could cut fertiliser bills

    Accurate, quick and potentially cheaper nutrient analysis of organic manures on-show at Grassland and Muck, will soon be helping potato growers shave thousands of pounds off their annual fertiliser bills and help protect the environment. Although up to half the national crop receives organic manure of some type each year, relatively little is used effectively, says Ken Smith of ADAS, reporting...

    29 July 2011

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