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Grower Gateway - Issue 2, 2014

Publication Date: 
8 April 2014


Models suggest that aphids will be flying earlier this year

Seasonal aphid flight data has started to appear for this season and the annual challenge of interpreting aphid population against resistance data and appropriate treatment comes to the fore once more. Read more...

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New R&D projects kick off on the back of external funding boost

Last year the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Scottish Government, awarded more than £3M in research funding from the Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI). Three new projects focus specifically on key potato industry priorities. Read more...

Potato Variety Database undergoes development - help shape the new features

The Potato Variety Database (PVD), launched in 2007, has become a key resource of independent information on British varieties that have undergone UK National List testing. It also provides the results for varieties that have been entered into AHDB Potatoes-sponsored Independent Variety Trials (IVT). Read more...

Optimising quality at tuber initiation

A three year AHDB Potatoes-funded study has just been completed which has evaluated the irrigation requirements for a range of varieties for tuber quality, while also accessing the impact to beneficial soil microorganisms. Read more...

Storage 2020 - looking ahead to address post-harvest challenges

AHDB Potatoes sustainable storage initiative 'Storage 2020' got underway with a new conference in February, which was sponsored by Certis and held at Peterborough Arena. Over 250 industry delegates saw experts from the UK and overseas present their thoughts on how GB’s potato storage needs to change to meet the demands of 2020 and beyond. Read more...

AHDB Potatoes responds to water abstraction reform

Water use and supply is an essential factor in potato crop production. AHDB recently responded to Environment minister Dan Rogerson’s government consultation on abstraction reform to the 50-year-old licensing system which closed at the end of March. Read more...

New leadership at AHDB Potatoes

Fiona Fell has taken on the challenging and exciting role of Chairman of AHDB Potatoes and member of the AHDB Board. Read more...


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