AgronomyNew Two-Volume collection on Sustainable Potato Cultivation

    New Two-Volume collection on Sustainable Potato Cultivation


    Two new books on Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes have been published by award winning Cambridge publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.

    Potatoes can be grown with relatively few inputs in a wide range of environments, making them an important food security crop,” says Francis Dodds, editorial director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who has published the new research.

    However, yields in developing countries are held back by factors such as poor cultivation practices and the impact of pests and diseases, whilst more intensive systems need to become more ‘climate smart’ to minimize environmental impact and adapt to climate change. 

    These challenges are addressed in two volumes on Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes

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    The first volume in this two-volume sequence reviews advances in understanding plant physiology, genetics and breeding. It also discusses ways of understanding the nutritional and sensory properties of potatoes. Volume two then discusses ways of improving cultivation across the supply chain from seed selection and planting to post-harvest storage. It also reviews research on the better understanding and management of key pests and diseases.

    Francis Dodds, editorial director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, summarizes the wealth of research in these books in two short videos:
    The books are edited by two of the leading experts in potato science:

    Dr. Gefu Wang-Pruski (Volume 1) is a professor of molecular genomics in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University, Canada. Her research focuses on potato genetics and its implications for tuber quality and resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses, areas in which she has published widely.

    Dr. Stuart Wale (Volume 2) is a potato agronomist and researcher with 40 years’ experience for SAC Consulting, a Division of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College). He was formerly Head of Crop Services at the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC – the forerunner of SRUC). He has published widely on potato diseases in particular, co-editing Diseases, pests and disorders of potatoes: a colour handbook, and is a former President of the British Society of Plant Pathology. Dr. Wale also has his own consultancy company: Potato Dynamics Ltd.

    Graham Thiele, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Roots Tubers and Bananas, led by the International Potato Center (CIP), says about these books:

    “Sustainable potato cultivation means simultaneously addressing and resolving a complex set of varied and interlinked context-specific constraints. These books promise to rise to the occasion with a talented cast of authors who span the disciplinary spectrum from genetics, pests and diseases, cropping systems all the way through to nutrition and consumer perspectives.”

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