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research projects completed 2011

  • R406 Water Use Efficiency Through Soil and Plant Water Balance

    Aim: To improve the efficiency of water use in GB production by understanding the interactions between soil and plant water status and evaporative demand. Irrigation is often poorly scheduled in GB,...

  • R405 Improved Canopy and N management

    Aim: To develop systems that will give growers better control of canopy and nitrogen management. A nitrogen management model that describes total N uptake and the redistribution of N from haulm to...

  • R404 Climate Change Impacts on UK Potato Production

    Aim: To assess and quantify the likely impacts of climate change on potato production, focussing principally on yield (including quality) and water use, in selected processing and pre-pack varieties...

  • R412 Understanding the Role of Ethylene

    Aim: To provide a greater understanding of the variation in biochemical and physiological changes occurring in different potato varieties after exposure to ethylene. An AHDB Potatoes funded review on...

  • R296 Improved Seed Rate Recommendations

    Aim: To establish and quantify the effects of key environmental and agronomic factors affecting the number of tubers per mainstem in potatoes relating seed age and seed weight to the production of...

  • R427 Packhouse Diagnostics of Vegetables (LINK)

    Aim: To assess the potential to use diagnostics to improve quality control and provide better decision support during washing and packing operations. Industry Challenge In reaching current...

  • R417 Potato Genome

    Aim: A project funded by Defra, AHDB Potatoes, Scottish Government and BBSRC to support the British component of the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium. Industry Challenge The genome sequence could...

  • R431 Haulm Destruction and Blackleg

    Aim: To re-evaluate the potential of haulm pulverisation to spread blackleg and increase daughter tuber contamination, and to determine the extent to which weeds in and around a potato crop with...

  • R407 Independent Variety Trials (2008-2010)

    Aim: To provide independent testing of varieties of foliage late blight, black scurf, black dot, silver scurf and skin spot. New potato varieties undergoing UK National List (NL) testing and Common...