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Chinese Scientists Prevent Potato Sprouting with Hydrophobic Nano Silica

Chinese scientists have developed a nano-material that prevents the sprouting of potatoes. This new anti-sprouting method for potato storage also suppresses the formation of toxic glyco-alkaloids that typically is associated with the sprouting process. Stored potatoes usually sprout rapidly, at the same time producing a significant amount of solanine, a substance that is toxic in high concentrations. Potato sprouting can be controlled using various techniques such as temperature control, irradiation and the…

Extremely Dry in Northwest European Potato Area

Based on the latest NEPG-calculations, the potato area in the five Northwest European countries appears to amount to 595,587 hectares. An increase of one per cent compared to last season. It’s worth noting the British area is still based on their five-year average. Based on factual market experience, this area could be classified as having a more than adequately good balance between supply and demand, according to the NEPG. For the actual…

Turkey has Allowed Potato Imports from Syria to Curb Prices

Turkey has allowed limited amounts of potato to be imported from Syria to curb skyrocketing prices, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci announced on June 27. “We have allowed potato imports from some parts of Syria where Turkey undertakes operations in a very limited amount,” said Nihat Zeybekci, Turkish Economy Minister. “Our imports will only be one per cent of Turkey’s potato demand, which is around 4,000 tons. We import potatoes from Syria in Turkish Liras.This…

PotatoEurope 2018: The Potato Industry – Potential and Challenges

In Germany, potato cultivation takes place on more than 29,000 farms with a combined area of about 250,000 hectares. The total includes approximately 20,000 small producers with less than five hectares of potato cultivation, with the remaining 9,000 farms growing larger areas of the crop. On average, Germany producers 10 to 11 million tonnes of potatoes annually, making it the largest potato producer in the European Union (EU). This sector generates an…

Europe: Seed Potato Varieties Approved for Export to Kenya

Three potato varieties have been recommended for release in Kenya thanks to the joint efforts of AHDB, James Hutton Ltd, SASA and Seeds2B Africa (part of the Syngenta Foundation). Ten potato varieties were trialed at three separate farms over two seasons with free variety Cara, and two James Hutton Ltd varieties, Gemson and Lady Balfour, making the grade. The approval opens the door for GB producers to export to Kenya where potatoes…

US and Indonesia Sign Market Access Agreement for US Fresh Potatoes

On June 5, the United States and Indonesia reached a market access agreement that will allow U.S. fresh potatoes to be exported to Indonesia under a defined set of phytosanitary requirements. The agreement comes after four years of discussions and will include both U.S. chipping potatoes for further processing and table-stock potatoes for direct consumption. Potatoes produced in all U.S. states are included in the agreement. U.S. potato growers and exporters will need…

New, Emerging Clones of Phytophthora Infestans in Europe

Over the last five years, EuroBlight has undertaken and coordinated an extensive survey of European populations of the late blight pathogen, P. infestans. The most recent data from the EuroBlight monitoring initiative highlighted the emergence of three new clonal lineages, named EU_36_A2, EU_37_A2 and EU_41_A2, in different parts of Europe. As ever, this raises the question of the epidemic potential of these newcomers, and of their impact on late blight management strategies. Are those…

Potatoes: A Major Provider of Fibre and Vitamins to the UK Diet

In the UK, potatoes contribute 12% of the total fibre, 14% of the vitamin C and 13% of the vitamin B6 intake in adults. These figures, from Public Health England, marry well with the messages in BBC programme The truth about ‘carbs’ that aired on 6 June. The dietitian behind the show, Dr Alison Barnes, said it was about encouraging people to eat ‘smarter’ carbs. Dr Barnes said: “The aim was to…

Potatoes Experience an Innovation Boom in Peru

According to the executive director of Cite Papa and other Andean Crops, Celfia Obregon Ramirez, potatoes have stopped being just an agricultural crop and have become the great source innovation in Peru, which has the greatest diversity of potatoes in the world and, thus, infinite possibilities to innovate. “We have 3,500 potato varieties with different properties, contents, and qualities for all types of industries, such as biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, natural dyes,…

Imagine a World Without Potatoes campaign launched

Despite the fact people have been eating potatoes since time immemorial, today consumption is stagnating in some countries because of changes in eating habits and misconceptions about potato’s nutritional qualities. But what few people know is that this familiar tuber, that is so taken for granted, may hold the key to food security for future generations. In years to come, farmers will be increasingly hard pressed to keep up with global demand…

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