New machine for sustainable pest control in potatoes: the Colorado Beetle Catcher

Colorado beetle
Colorado beetles thrive in warm and dry summers. With the hotter summers, the developers of the Colorado Beetle Catcher expect problems to increase.

Two new prototypes of the Colorado Beetle Catcher, a new way of mechanical pest control, have been developed in 2021.


Mystery solved: ‘This is how potato blight pathogen penetrates plant’

Phytophthora penetrates the plant
Schematic drawing and microscopy image of how Phytophthora gains entry into a plant. Image: WUR

Research results by Wageningen scientists open up new avenues for protecting crops more effectively, efficiently and sustainably against Phytophthora infestans.


‘Potato production per hectare decisive for 2021 harvest’


‘It is much more the production per hectare than the potato acreage that will be an important factor for the total 2021 harvest’, the North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) states.


Agrifirm-CEO keynote speaker at PotatoEurope symposium

Dick Hordijk
As the keynote speaker of the PotatoEurope scientific symposium, Agrifirm CEO Dick Hordijk will shed light on the future position of the potato crop.

The organisation of potato industry trade fair PotatoEurope recently announced that Dick Hordijk, CEO of Royal Agrifirm Group since 2016, will be the keynote speaker of the scientific symposium ‘The potato in a changing world’.


Associations emphasize EU need for innovation in potato breeding

Associations potato breeding 1
Four associations count on support for immediate policy action based on the conclusions of the Commission NGT study.

Four associations have co-signed a joint statement on New Genomic Techniques in potato breeding.


First of its kind potato processing factory inaugurated in Iraq

factory inaugurated
The Dutch Ambassador to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region (KRI) Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the new potato processing facility.

The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality recently reported on the inauguration of a potato processing factory in Iraq.


PotatoEurope 2021 organisation launches ticket shop

PotatoEurope fields mid June
Currently all lights are green for PotatoEurope 2021.

The PotatoEurope exhibition organisation recently announced that the online ticket shop for the event has opened and ticket sales have started.


Crop optimization programme that benefits both Avebe and growers brings home Gold status

Royal Avebe growers awarded Gold status
Growers participating in Avebe’s Optimeel programme meet FSA Gold-standard.

The members of Royal Avebe participating in the Optimeel growing programme have been awarded Gold status.


Collective ‘Miss Tata’ brand visible on Portuguese potato packaging for the first time

Miss Tata PotatoWorld News Update
As the proud ambassador of Portuguese potatoes worldwide, the versatile, dynamic, colorful, and cheerful Miss Tata reflects qualities that lead to a nutritious and balanced diet.

Portuguese Potato Association Porbatata recently launched their new ambassador Miss Tata’s first campaign to promote Portuguese potatoes.


Virtual Europatat Congress open to the whole potato sector, free of charge

Week 21 News Update Europatat Omer Atiker
During the virtual edition of the Europatat Congress, keynote speaker Ömer Atiker will help organizations build a better future using digital possibilities.

Registrations for the upcoming annual Europatat Congress on June 10th are open.


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