The world of potato research: Diploids

Anton HaverkortWell over thirty years ago when I worked for the International Potato Center at the national potato improvement program in Rwanda we tried a then new technique: true potato seed.

Anton HaverkortWell over thirty years ago when I worked for the International Potato Center – CIP – at the national potato improvement program in Rwanda we tried a then new technique: true potato seed. CIP showed in its annual report a small boy sitting on a big pile – two tons – of forty bags of fifty kg seed tubers, enough to plant one hectare of potatoes. Some forty thousand seed tubers weighing fifty grams each. In one hand the boy held a jar containing potato seeds, true potato seeds: TPS. CIP hoped to be able to replace conventional seed tubers by TPS. Imagine to save 2 tons of potatoes for food, no need to store, to sprout, to transport.