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Wageningen University & Research

February 26, 2021 | Articles

‘I have a great deal of confidence in the inventiveness of the potato sector’

On 1 and 2 September 2021, the Dutch edition of PotatoEurope will take place for the first time at the location of Wageningen Plant Research in Lelystad. That’s where Chris de Visser, currently Business Unit Manager Field Crops of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), started over thirty years ago at what was then called Practical…

November 25, 2020 | Articles

Ground breaking news for the potato sector: Wageningen University finds new resistances

Researchers Dr Jack Vossen, Dr Ben Vosman and Dr Misghina Goitom Teklu of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) present ground breaking news. After intensive research, resistances have now been found in wild potato varieties for pathogens such as Erwinia and Colorado beetle, for which no resistances were yet known and/or available until recently. The researchers…

September 23, 2020 | Articles

Still a lot to be tested when cultivating potatoes with the strip cultivation method

Recently, partners of Wageningen Potato Centre (WPC) visited the Dutch experimental garden for Agro-ecology and technology in Lelystad. There they were introduced to the first experiences that researchers have gained with the strip cultivation method for potatoes. These are still at an early stage, as it turns out, and there is still a lot to…

March 11, 2020 | Articles

Potato genome almost deciphered

Researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and the Solynta company have published the most complete genome sequence for potatoes ever. What is unique is that the scientists make both the sequence and the plant material (under certain conditions) available for research. In the future, for example, this knowledge may result in a potato that…

November 21, 2018 | Articles

Computer models give new insight into sustainable phytophthora control

Wageningen University & Research recently started using computer models to make the Phytophthora infestans potato blight controllable in a sustainable way. Francine Pacilly recently obtained her doctorate with a thesis on this socially-relevant method of working. Her research provides important insights for potato growers, breeders, seed potato traders, retailers and government authorities. Resistant varieties can…

September 19, 2018 | Articles

Plant breeding techniques in a new era

Scientists from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have published a booklet about Plant Breeding Techniques under the English title ‘Plant breeding techniques in a new era’. In their concise publication, they discuss various aspects of plant breeding techniques that can also be used in potato cultivation, for example, in genome processing.

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