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Company wins appeal in dispute over shipped potatoes

A company involved in shipping seed potatoes from P.E.I. to Venezuela has successfully appealed a court order to pay more than $79,000. In a recent decision, two of three P.E.I. Court of Appeal judges agreed to vacate a summary judgment order for HZPC Americas Corporation to pay Havenlee Farms Inc. of Summerside, P.E.I. READ MORE

Experimental tuber could cut disease in developing nations

An experimental “golden” potato could hold the power to prevent disease and death in developing countries where residents rely heavily upon the starchy food for sustenance, new research suggests. A serving of the yellow-orange lab-engineered potato has the potential to provide as much as 42 per cent of a child’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 34 per cent of a child’s recommended intake of vitamin E, according to a recent…

Nearly half of all fresh potatoes thrown away daily by UK households

Nearly half of the edible fresh potatoes bought by UK householders each day are thrown away – nearly 2.7 million of them per day, and at a “staggering” annual cost of £230m, according to an article in The Guardian, a British daily newspaper. The humble spud is the second most wasted food in the UK, behind bread, according to new official figures released on Wednesday. The new research was offered in support…

NEPG adjusts potato harvest estimation upwards

Although the full harvest is not in the stores yet, the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates the actual harvest at 28.9 million tons for the five countries. This is more than the estimate of last September. The five countries that comprise the NEPG include Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The NEPG stresses that especially in Great Britain and the Netherlands, there is still at least 10-15 per cent…

Jordan lifts ban on potato imports from Egypt

Jordan has lifted a ban on imports of Egyptian potatoes it imposed over a year ago due to brown rot, Egypt’s Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday. The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Abdel Moneim al-Banna, said this comes as a reflection of the efforts of the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and the Agriculture Quarantine Authority to preserve the reputation of Egyptian agricultural exports abroad and to open up new markets to…

Early success for Late Blight Resistance trial in Potatoes

A genetically improved potato designed to have resistance to a devastating global plant disease has successfully come through the first year of field trials. The field trial conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich involves incorporating late blight resistant genes from a wild potato relative into a cultivated Maris Piper potato. “The first year of the Maris Piper field trial has worked brilliantly,” said Professor Jonathan Jones of The Sainsbury Laboratory….

Irish potato farmers fear ‘one of the worst harvests in memory’ after wet spell

Potato farmers in Northern Ireland are facing their worst harvest in living memory as more than half of this year’s crop is still in the ground. One Co Down farmer could lose more than £130,000 as he battles the challenging wet conditions that have potentially destroyed much of his crop. Northern Ireland’s potato industry said they are hoping for a break in the wet weather to save it from one of the…

Examining potatoes’ past could improve spuds of the future

The old adage of looking to the past to understand the future certainly applies to improving potatoes. Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. The study appears in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Robin Buell, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Plant Biology…

New Zealand potato prices almost double in a decade

The price of potatoes in New Zealand has almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to Statistics New Zealand. In 2006, potatoes cost $1.10 a kilo – that had risen to $2.10 in September this year. Potato prices hit a 10-year high of $2.25 a kilo in January this year. Unseasonable weather created planting and harvesting problems this month, leading to a shortage of potatoes used for crisps. Potatoes New Zealand…

Tasmanian potato growers preparing for the worst

Surveillance programs for tomato potato psyllid (TPP) are being ramped up in Tasmania as growers try to delay any incursion of the pest for as long as possible. TPP was detected in Western Australia (WA) earlier this year. Free sticky trap packs are being distributed by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture to growers and agronomists to set up around the perimeter of susceptible crops, particularly potatoes, Tasmania’s biggest vegetable crop. The institute’s…

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