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  • Epitrix – voluntary notification of potato imports

    All growers planning to import potatoes from Portugal or Spain must notify either Fera or the Scottish Government, following concerns that the potato flea beetle Epitrix might be accidentally introduced into Britain. The potential cost to the potato industry could be as high as £41m a year if this pest enters Britain, according to figures supplied by Fera. Whilst yield is apparently not affected...

    1 August 2011

  • Potato farming going green – do you know your carbon emissions?

    Up to 17 per cent of potato crisps’ carbon footprint comes from potato growing, revealed PepsiCo’s agricultural sustainability manager Mark Pettigrew at the AHDB Potatoes Storage Forum. Speaking at the event at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research in Lincolnshire, Mr Pettigrew highlighted that measuring emissions is key to targeting areas where they can be reduced. Until recently, there had been...

    31 July 2011

  • 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

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