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  • Understanding the role of mineral oils and insecticides in reducing virus spread

    As part of an ongoing research project on virus transmission in seed crops, AHDB Potatoes has published a review of information on the role of mineral oils and insecticides in reducing virus spread. The review, prepared by staff at SCRI, Scottish Agronomy and SAC, summarises the available literature on experimental work with oils and also reviews the current range of aphicides which form the...

    2 August 2011

  • AHDB Potatoes takes the initiative with seed potato importers

    AHDB Potatoes is working to help smooth the path for British seed potato exporters. Recent missions from Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey have held talks with Scottish Government and AHDB Potatoes head of seed and export, Mark Prentice. “Interaction with these officials from overseas is vital as it helps to manage the export process,” explains Mark. “Phytosanitary standards can vary wildly from...

    2 August 2011

  • Stakeholders meet with Scottish Government to discuss Dickeya-blackleg threat

    AHDB Potatoes, NFU Scotland and British Potato Trade Association (BPTA) have recently met with the Scottish Government to discuss the threat of Dickeya solani to the Scottish potato industry and put into practice key measures aimed at protecting the country’s high health status for potato production – and its valuable markets. In May, Dickeya solani was found in a single stock of non-Scottish...

    2 August 2011

  • New grower information on PCN issued by Fera and Scottish Government

    A new EU Directive affecting controls against Potato Cyst Nematodes will come into effect on July 1, 2010. Advice on implementation has been issued by both Scottish Government and Fera. The previous EU Directive has been in force since 1969 and will be replaced by regulations that harmonise controls against PCN, taking into account advances in understanding of the pest. The key changes growers...

    2 August 2011

  • Varieties and PCN tolerance

    New research to discover which varieties cope best with potato cyst nematode infestations could help growers lift yields for no extra cost. The three-year trial, funded by AHDB Potatoes, breeders and DuPont, started this season on light land in Lincolnshire. It is evaluating 14 different salad, ware and processing varieties for their resistance and tolerance to Globodera pallida, considered...

    2 August 2011

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