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  • ‘Independent research has never been more important’

    Grower Gateway Newsletter Leader Column - Alistair Redpath As he draws to the end of his three year stint as chair of AHDB Potatoes’ Research and KE committee, seed breeder Alistair Redpath reflects on where the industry stands and AHDB’s role moving forward. “The loss of Diquat is a blow to the industry, and with enforced changes to the formulation of products containing Maleic Hydrazide and...

    7 December 2018

  • Mike Storey to retire after 36 years

     Mike Storey: An appreciation  By Adrian Cunnington   Dr R.M.J. (Mike) Storey has been a key player in the potato industry for a long time – some 36 years with AHDB and its predecessor organisations and six years in potato-focused research before that. The time has come for him to retire at Christmas and he will be missed, not only as an effusive enthusiast and supporter of the potato but also...

    5 December 2018

  • Integrated control only way to stop spread of PCN

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has published updated recommendations for the management of Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN). Dr Anne Stone, Knowledge Transfer Manager at AHDB Potatoes, has edited a new PCN Grower Guide, and said: “As we revealed last month, PCN continues to spread into new areas across Britain. The only way we’re going to stop the spread is through an...

    4 December 2018

  • Agronomists' Conference 2018

    This year's Agronomists' Conference was held at the Kettering Conference Centre with a programme that looked at late blight, PCN and plant health. Presentations from Day One of this year's Agronomists' Conference can be found by clicking here You can view the full day's stream by clicking the link below - a breakdown of each subject can be found towards the bottom of the page. See research on...

    4 December 2018

  • Fungicide testing sheds more light on emerging blight strains

    Results of research into the fungicide sensitivity of GB late blight isolates was presented at AHDB Agronomists’ Conference 2018 today (4 December.) The work – carried out by Dr Alison Lees, a Research Leader at the James Hutton Institute (JHI) – tested fungicides belonging to a range of Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) groups for their ability to inhibit late blight. Dr Lees noted...

    4 December 2018