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  • Phytosanitary potato peelings

    As part of a research project into methods to reinforce anti-parasite biological agents in growth media, the horticulture department of the Dutch University of Wageningen has made a promising discovery. When the growing medium is covered with waste from the potato processing industry, the number of predatory insects is multiplied by between 7 and 10. These predators are very important in ...


  • 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 ...

  • New developments at Potatoes In Practice

    Another successful Potatoes In Practice (PIP) event was held at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm on 11 August. The annual showcase, which is the largest field-based potato event in the UK, is reported to have attracted over 700 delegates from across the sector, including international guests and industry speakers. This year’s event featured the latest leading research, ...


    By Certis UK

  • 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 ...

  • Potato and plantain batteries show promise

    A simple battery powered by potatoes may soon become a reality as scientists in developing countries move closer to commercialising their research. The idea of batteries made out of vegetable matter sandwiched between zinc and copper plates is being trialled by several groups around the world, including Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. Suliman Abdalla, professor of physics at King Abdulaziz ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 16th congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP)

    From 28 September until 2 October, the 16th congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) took place. This year it was held in Bogotá, Colombia. GITAH-papa, the cluster of Dutch exporting companies in the potato chain (a.o. APH Group), was represented on this congress with an information stand. Furthermore some GITAH members gave presentations regarding their view on storage of ...


    By APH Group

  • Potatoes more environmentally sustainable than pasta, rice

    International researchers have shown that potatoes are good for the environment, with a recently published paper indicating that potato production is more environmentally sustainable than pasta and rice. The paper, conducted by researchers from Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, England and published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, considered both greenhouse gas emissions ...


    By AUSVEG

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Tasmanian Potato Producers Hungry for New R&D

    Tasmanian potato producers have worked up an appetite for new potato research and development (R&D) information, with close to 70 members of the Tasmanian potato industry set to attend a special R&D workshop to be held in Devonport on Wednesday night.   “AUSVEG has received a record number of responses to the potato R&D workshop being held in Tasmania tomorrow ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Webinar: Fertility Considerations for Optimal Potato Production

    On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Dr. Brian Levene, AgroLiquid Specialty Crops Researcher, will join Steve Holland, owner and operator of Holland Agricultural Services, for a free webinar on optimizing potato production for the 2014 season and beyond. With more than two decades experience between them, Levene and Holland, will offer producers insight gained from experience and the industry’s ...

  • 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 ...

  • China - Netherlands cooperation on improvement of China potato production

    Raising China potato production is of utmost importance. In the coming years a great effort is to be made to meet the increasing demand of potatoes for fresh consumption and for industry. In a joined R&D program Chinese and Dutch research institutes and companies investigated opportunities for improvement on the main topics of potato production. ‘Progress Report China Potato GAP ...

  • Secrets of successful breeding revealed in Potato Breeding Manual

    The Potato Breeding Manual was presented during the Potato Europe Exhibition in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, on 11 September. The book was handed over to Kees van Arendonk, chair of the Dutch Potato Organisation (NAO) an is available in English and Dutch. In this manual the secrets of successful potato breeding are revealed. This book aims not only at potato breeders. It is a source of inspiration ...

  • Wageningen Potato Centre – bringing Science and Practice Together for the Last Five Years

    The Wageningen Potato Centre (WPC) will celebrate its first lustrum this week. Initiated by Wageningen UR, the WPC is a platform that makes science and applied research accessible for the industry in the potato sector. The Wageningen based potato research is getting a podium, and the first 30 associated partners, all of them businesses from across the whole spectrum of the potato sector, are at ...

  • 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 ...

  • Irrigation method saves 50 percent of water needed for potato growth

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found an irrigation method that uses 50 percent less water than traditional systems to grow potatoes – an important finding for the $131 million-a-year Florida crop. The system is called “hybrid center pivot irrigation.” With this method, about two-thirds of the water used to help grow potatoes is ...

  • UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel

    As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida ...

  • ‘Spudcasts’: AUSVEG launches new potato R&D initiative

    AUSVEG has launched an exciting new initiative that will see key research and development (R&D) information delivered to Australian potato growers via podcasts.   Aptly titled ‘Spudcasts’, AUSVEG will produce a series of R&D-focused audio programs in 2014 for the Australian potato industry, as part of activities undertaken for the Potato Industry Extension ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Potato battery could help meet rural energy needs

    The holy grail of renewable energy research may lie in the cooking pot, according to scientists. The search for a cheap source of electricity for remote, off-grid communities, has led to batteries that work on freshly boiled potatoes. One slice of potato can generate 20 hours of light, and several slices could provide enough energy to power simple medical equipment and even a low-power ...


    By SciDev.Net

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