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Increasing the efficiency of fertilizer use in potatoes

The federal government is investing $1.8 million with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to determine carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and develop beneficial management practices (BMPs) for increasing the efficiency of fertilizer use in potato crops, and in blueberry and forage crops. According to the Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC, the project will provide new science-based knowledge on net GHG emissions by…

Correctly Used Neonics Do Not Adversely Affect Honeybee Colonies, New Research Finds

The three most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides for flowering crops pose no risk to honeybee colonies when used correctly as seed treatments, according to new studies by University of Guelph researchers. Amid mounting controversy over use of neonicotinoids (neonics) and declining bee population, a new analysis by U of G scientists of previously unpublished studies and reports commissioned by agri-chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta – as well as published papers from the…

Genome Editing in Potato using TALENs

TALENs (transcription activator-like effector nucleases), one of the genome editing tools, have a likely lesser chance of having off-target mutations than other genome editing techniques. However, a rapid test system for the functionality of the designed TALENs and an effective delivery system for introducing TALENs to plants are critical for successful target mutation. While TALENs are usually introduced into plants using viral vectors, these are not always available, and plants edited by these…

Dutch potato industry establishes Holland Innovative Potato for major investment in research

Ten Dutch potato (processing) companies and two associations have established Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) to facilitate and coordinate joint pre-competitive research activities. Research is focused on improvement of the quality, yield and efficiency in the cultivation, logistics and processing of potatoes. The objective is to create practical solutions for products and processes that can be implemented by 2027 in order to strengthen the position of the potato as a global food crop,…

Study warns of blackspot bruising potential

The accumulative impact of hot days, combined with warm evenings that fail to cool down, could result in blackspot bruising early in the harvest season, according to a recent study by the Idaho Potato Commission. The Commission sponsored the study to warn Idaho growers of preventative measures to avoid blackspot bruising of potatoes during the early harvest period. The study, published by University of Idaho potato researchers Mike Thornton and Nora Olsen,…

Potato research institute established in China

A potato research institute has been established in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The institute, co-founded by research agencies and companies from China and Kazakhstan, aims to increase regional exchanges for the development of the potato industry. Members of the institute will try to cultivate high-quality potatoes that better adapt to different environment and meet market demand in Central Asia. They will also cooperate in cultivation technology and potato processing. Central…

Zebra chip-tolerant potatoes for the fresh market

Over the past few years, the potato production in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand and Central America has been under threat of the zebra chip (ZC), a disease associated with the Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum bacteria, transmitted by the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli). The disease turns part of the amide in soluble sugars so, when potatoes are cooked, sugars caramelize and streaks appear. Zebra chip is monitored with pesticides, but sustainable defence…

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