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  • 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

  • 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