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  • 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

  • Models suggest that aphids will be flying earlier this year

    Seasonal aphid flight data has started to appear for this season and the annual challenge of interpreting aphid population against resistance data and appropriate treatment comes to the fore once more.   Temperatures in January and February were considerably higher than the long-term average across the country (by 1°C to 1.5°C in the north and around 2°C in the south) and it is estimated...

    8 April 2014

  • Time to engage in governments’ water abstraction reform

      Environment minister Dan Rogerson recently launched a government consultation on abstraction reform to the 50-year-old licensing system. Water use and supply is an essential factor in potato crop production and Potato Council urges the industry to take a pro-active approach to ensure security of supply.   Our current abstraction system is said to be no longer flexible enough to...

    28 February 2014

  • Secure your space for the Storage 2020 International Potato Conference

     Next month over 200 growers, packers, processors, retailers, researchers, specialists, consultants, and international visitors are expected to attend the Storage 2020 International Conference at Peterborough Arena.  The Storage 2020 International Conference, sponsored by Certis, takes place 13 February and has a unique agenda focused on the future of 365 days a year potato supply...

    3 February 2014