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  • Increasing potato production

    Despite sophisticated nutrient management of potato crops, quality and yield still see wide variability. Although nutrients are already well understood, the influence of other environmental factors remains understudied. A research team from Michigan State University conducted a study to determine how the chemical and physical properties of soil, along with the light waves the plant absorbs and ...

  • Improving the productivity of tropical potato cultivation

    Potatoes thrive in tropical highlands. The tubers are healthier than rice, banana or cassava, and can play an important role in food security. Production is, however, often very low due to various diseases and farmers can struggle to generate sufficient added value. This is where Wageningen comes in.Potato specialist Anton Haverkort travels the world giving advice on how to bring cultivation ...

  • Managing Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels.  “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” says Robert Spencer, ...

  • Don`t let weather affect your potato planting

    Potato planting is well underway, however the weather continues to dominate the season, with some regions experiencing protracted planting as a result. Most recently, soil temperatures have dropped and periodic frost has meant that tubers are going into cooler soils, which can delay crop emergence. It’s important to remember actions now can have a knock-on effect with crop development as ...


    By Certis UK

  • Second Sino - EU Potato workshop planned for 2016

    From 22 - 24 July, 2015, a first workshop on sustainable potato production and processing in China was held. The workshop was organized by Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Science (HAAS), Strategic Alliance for Industrial Technology Innovation of Potato (SAITIP) and Wageningen UR, with support from various parties. It was decided that a second workshop will be held during 2016 in Zhangjiakou ...

  • Crop breeding gets boost from sweet potatoes

    In Uganda, the sweet potato is a major staple crop. Behind China and Nigeria, Uganda produces the most sweet potatoes in the world. Nationwide, families grow the crop to feed themselves, their livestock and to use as a source of income. Small scale agricultural operations use a large number of sweet potato varieties in their planting. These varieties are steadily being lost due to weevils, sweet ...

  • Rising emissions may double sweet potato size

    Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere caused by human-driven emissions might lead to larger sweet potatoes, a staple food for many African and Asian countries, research reveals. Sweet potatoes could double in size with the increase in CO2 levels currently forecasted for the end of this ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Scientists find new defence front against the Potato Blight

    In this week 'Nature Plants', scientists from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK, report the identification of a resistance gene that enhances resistance against potato late blight from a South American wild relative of cultivated potatoes. The gene targets elicitin, a conserved protein with an important biological function, making it less likely ...

  • Low level herbicide use can damage potato reproduction

    Currently, plant testing in the United States to determine potential ecological risks from chemical pesticides to nontarget plants requires two tests, both of which use immature plants. Protection of the plant development and reproduction are not considered, unlike tests required for the protection of animals. Past research conducted by the USEPA and others have shown that plant ...

  • UF/IFAS Finding Could Help Farmers Stop Potato, Tomato Disease

    A University of Florida scientist has pinpointed Mexico as the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues to evolve and torment potato and tomato growers around the world. A disease called “late blight” killed most of Ireland’s potatoes, while today it costs Florida ...

  • Two certified reference materials for GMO PH05-0026-0048 potato released

    Legislation in the EU regulates the placing on the market of food and feed consisting of, containing or produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They are referred to as 'GM food and feed' and require authorisation in the EU.  BASF Plant Science Company GmbH (Ludwigshafen, DE) developed the genetically modified (GM) potato event PH05-026-0048 with the unique identifier code ...

  • Alterra and partners to demonstrate the use of brackish water for potato cultivation in Egypt

    A consortium led by Alterra has recently started a project called “Salt TOlerant Potatoes improve water and food security - STOP”. Together with our partners we will extend and test the existing Dacom soil moisture monitoring system with a new salinity sensor. Use of this advisory system will prevent both crop drought and salinity stress, while minimizing water losses. It will enable ...

  • Potato professionals from all over the world at PotatoEurope 2014

    Around 10,000 visitors from more than 60 countries at the Rittergut Bockerode estate near Hanover - One in three visitors was international - Impressive showcase for technological advances in potato production - International discussion platform for market participants. (DLG). PotatoEurope 2014 took place on 3 and 4 September on the Rittergut Bockerode estate in Springe-Mittelrode near ...

  • TOMRA launches TOMRA 5A for the potato processing industry at Pack Expo 2016

    The TOMRA 5A, a state-of-the-art machine for the potato processing business, supports processors by combining a straightforward and brand-new graphical user interface with stable sorting performance, while increasing the level of food safety and quality with minimal product waste. With food safety and quality being a top priority for consumers and processors alike, this ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites jointly implement sustainable practices in European potato cultivation

    Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites recently started a Food Chain Partnership initiative designed to implement sustainable agricultural practices in potato cultivation in the Netherlands and Belgium. The goal of the partnership is to support a bottom-up approach with potato farmers addressing value-adding sustainable potato-growing practices at individual farm level. This is intended to minimize ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Controlling resilient plant viruses with steam

    Combining steam with heat-producing chemicals could control pathogenic viruses in soil, finds new research. The study examined how effective different forms of heat sterilisation of soil were at inactivating three plant viruses. While steam alone was enough to eradicate two of the viruses, the highly resilient tobacco mosaic virus required the addition of exothermic chemicals to reduce it by 97%. ...

  • Bio gas plants. More efficiency using the QZ.

    The production of bio gas from bio mass has become an important branch. Such bio mass consists of renewable raw materials or substrates from field fruit such as, for example, corn, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, cereals, sun flowers or green offcuts. By using the Querstromzerspaner QZ, the objective of producing energy in the form of methane gas can be pursued in a more forceful way. The ...


    By ANDRITZ MeWa GmbH

  • The J.R. Simplot Company Announces Innate™ All-Native Plant Technology

    The J. R. Simplot Company's Plant Sciences business announces Innate™ Technology, the all-native biotechnology platform for improving crops, leading to new, better and healthier foods. Innate™ Technology is a patented plant biotechnology process that works with a plant's own genes to ...


    By J.R. Simplot Company

  • Aviko Snowvalley Teams Up With Tomra Sorting Food For Its State-Of-The-Art French Fry Plant In China

    SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group, invested by the joint venture between the two leading potato product brands, have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility. Both SnowValley and Aviko listed sustainability, quality and processing ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • One Facility in Alabama among 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total ...

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