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  • Potato Council responds to water abstraction reform

    Water use and supply is an essential factor in potato crop production. AHDB recently responded to Environment minister Dan Rogerson’s government consultation on abstraction reform to the 50-year-old licensing system which closed at the end of March.    “The management and efficient use of water is a high priority within the GB potato industry,” explains Potato Council’s water expert...

    8 April 2014

  • Storage 2020 - looking ahead to address post-harvest challenges

    Potato Council’s sustainable storage initiative 'Storage 2020' got underway with a new conference in February, which was sponsored by Certis and held at Peterborough Arena. Over 250 industry delegates saw experts from the UK and overseas present their thoughts on how GB’s potato storage needs to change to meet the demands of 2020 and beyond.    “Storage 2020 has been introduced with a...

    8 April 2014

  • Optimising quality at tuber initiation

    A three year Potato Council-funded study has just been completed which has evaluated the irrigation requirements for a range of varieties for tuber quality, while also accessing the impact to beneficial soil microorganisms.   Start dates for irrigation have become earlier in the life of the crop. The main driver for this has been quality and the control of common scab in both the pre-pack...

    8 April 2014

  • Potato Variety Database undergoes development – help shape the new features

    The Potato Variety Database (PVD), launched in 2007, has become a key resource of independent information on British varieties that have undergone UK National List testing. It also provides the results for varieties that have been entered into Potato Council-sponsored Independent Variety Trials (IVT).    The IVT testing procedure establishes comprehensive, independent and robust...

    8 April 2014

  • New R&D projects kick off on the back of external funding boost

    Last year the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Scottish Government, awarded more than £3M in research funding from the Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI). Three new projects focus specifically on key potato industry priorities.   BBSRC launched the Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI) to support excellent quality, industrially-relevant research...

    8 April 2014

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