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  • Count down to Summer TechFest

    Next week growers, packers and processors will head east for Potato Council’s Summer TechFest, 2-3 July, 2014.    Set in the heart of potato country, Summer TechFest encompasses three consecutive events: East Midlands Potato Day, the Summer Potato Feast and 50 years of Storage Research at Sutton Bridge and registrations are still live at: www.potato.org.uk/events    East...

    27 June 2014

  • Is it practical to store at warmer temperatures?

    Visitors to 50 years of storage research at Sutton Bridge next week will hear the latest research on the optimum temperature to store fresh potatoes while balancing eating quality and skin finish.   Over the last couple of decades storage temperatures for fresh potatoes have got lower explains, Potato Council’s pathologist Glyn Harper.   “We typically store at a range of 2 to 3.5°C...

    27 June 2014

  • The future of potato quality

    50 years of Storage Research taking place at Sutton Bridge next week will have the latest cutting edge research on show, including new technologies that could revolutionise potato quality.   The last decade has seen an increase in report cases of dietary malnutrition from micronutrient deficiencies; in particular iron and zinc, now affecting over half of the world's population. Potatoes a...

    27 June 2014

  • Late blight scientist awarded research medal

    In recognition of ‘research work of outstanding merit carried out in the UK, which is proven or likely to be of benefit to agriculture’, Dr David Cooke, plant pathologist at the James Hutton Institute, was presented with the Royal Agricultural Society of England 2013 Research Medal at their President’s Day, held at Yattendon, Berkshire on 4 June.   On receiving the accolade, Dr Cooke said...

    26 June 2014

  • Shropshire potato producers host leading technical event

    The West Midlands Potato Day attracted a good crowd of industry visitors on 19 June when potato grower Jonathan Bubb of J.M. Bubb & Sons hosted Potato Council’s technical field day at Lynn South Farm, Newport, Shropshire, where they grow around 400 acres of potatoes. Potato Council’s Director, Dr Rob Clayton opened the event at the farm, urging industry to speak with ‘one voice’, saying, “...

    26 June 2014

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