ResearchMichigan State University Receives USDA Money for Potato Breeding Program

    Michigan State University Receives USDA Money for Potato Breeding Program


    Michigan State University (MSU) has received US$700,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to invest in its potato breeding and genetics program, a release from the university says.

    The project will focus on identifying new varieties with superior agronomics and end-use quality, screening elite germplasm for resistance to key pests, developing and leverage genomic tools to enhance breeding efficiency, and transferring new varieties from the breeding programs to the commercial sector.

    Dave Douches, a professor in the MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, will lead the project. Douches has been in charge of the potato breeding and genetics program for nearly 30 years. The program has produced nearly 30 new potato varieties.

    In the release, Douches says geneticists are looking not only to improve varieties for growers by focusing on disease and pest resistance, but also to meet consumer demand. Enhanced nutritional profiles for food products are a crucial aspect of the research.

    “The companies we’re working with want to explore how we can improve the nutritional properties of our varieties. This can help us make snacking healthier, and all of our partners — from growers to companies — have shown interest in that,” he says.

    The money is part of a US$2.25 million four-part grant to support potato breeding in strategic areas across the country, which includes partnering institutions University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University and the University of Wisconsin.

    Trending This Week

    Potato field at Borden-Carleton, P.E.I.

    The P.E.I. Potato Industry is Edging Back to Normal

    After a year of upheaval following a potato wart discovery, P.E.I. has worked hard to regain their spud status. More than a year after potato...
    Centre pivot in P.E.I.

    P.E.I. Potato Board Calls on Feds to Listen to International Experts Report

    The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is calling on the federal government to listen to the findings from an international panel of experts who...
    Manitoba Potato Production Days 2023 stage

    MPPD Celebrates 50 Years of Potato Memories

    Manitoba Potato Production Days (MPPD) kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with an opening night reception followed by a full day of presentations, demonstrations...
    Freshly emerged potato field

    Fortified Stimulate Yield Enhancer’s (aka Stimulate) Offers 40.4 cwt/acre Marketable Yield and Consistent Benefits

    Drumroll please…. The results are in from this year’s trials and – at a whopping 12.6 to 1 (!!) return on investment – Stimulate’s results...
    Potato field being sprayed

    PMRA Potato Products Review Refresher

    With the PMRA having reviewed numerous potato products, it’s important to keep track of what you can and can’t use anymore. Over the past few...