Four potato research projects awarded $2.6 million USDA-NIFA grants

Potato Research projects awarded grants
Michigan State University’s Development of Multipurpose Potato Cultivars with Enhanced Quality, Disease and Pest Resistance – North Central Region 2021-23 project was awarded $796,725.

NIFA recently awarded four Potato Research grants as part of their Special Research Grants program.

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CIP to release almost completely late blight resistant potato variety

Mariluz Cárdenas, a farmer living near Huancayo, holding tubers of the CIP-Matilde potato variety
‘Late blight is a big problem in my area. Farmers who have the money apply a lot of fungicide, but those of us who have to do without them maybe won’t harvest anything,’ says Mariluz Cárdenas, a farmer living near Huancayo, holding tubers of the CIP-Matilde potato variety. Photo: CIP/J Huanai

As CIP prepares to release a potato variety with almost complete resistance to late blight, Peruvian farmers will soon have a new option for dealing with this devastating disease.

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The potato variety of the future is more resistant, sustainable and most of all robust

Potato variety of the future

During the Potato Variety Days 2021 from November 3-5, breeding companies and seed potato trading houses present their most promising varieties.

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Wageningen University produces kerosene from potato waste streams

Photo Renco Beunis SkyNRG edited
Photo: Renco Beunis, SkyNRG

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and its partners have developed a new type of aviation fuel, produced using potato waste streams.

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Insight in potato crop development during extreme weather conditions

A Belgian project is gaining insight in potato crop development and quality during extreme weather conditions.
Some 500 smart sensors were installed in 295 potato fields spread over Flanders.

A Belgian project is gaining insight in potato crop development and quality during extreme weather conditions.

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HZPC introduces online potato calculator to create sustainability awareness

With the introduction of an online potato calculator, HZPC wants to create awareness about the various sustainability topics in potato varieties.

With the introduction of an online potato calculator, HZPC wants to create awareness about the various sustainability topics in potato varieties.

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New potato based alternative for dairy based foods on the way

Potato based dairy alternative

New player in the growing market for plant-based foods The Simple Root recently announced its UK-launch of potato based dairy alternative later this year.

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Ukrainian potato support program aims for import substitution

All-Ukrainian Potato Day
The All-Ukrainian Potato Day “Potato Blockchain-2021″ welcomed about 600 guests.

In 2021 Ukraine will have a state support program for the development of the potato sector.

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RMA-Techniek acquires digital French fry measuring instrument SolEye

Digital measuring instrument SolEye accurately and objectively assesses the colour of the cooking quality of French fries

Machine manufacturer RMA-Techniek will take over digital measuring instrument SolEye as of September 2021.

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NEPG expects average potato yield of 45 tonnes per hectare

NEPG-Logo: NEPG expects average potato yield of 45 tonnes per hectare

Nearing the end of what they call ‘one of the most humid and difficult summers in the last decades’, the North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) expect average yields at the EU-04 level to be roughly 45 tonnes per hectare.

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