North American Edition
Below is a brief sampling of some articles that you will find in the launch issue of Global Potato News. Click on the images to the left to access an online pdf file of the full publication. Feel free to get in touch with Editor-in-Chief Lukie Pieterse with your comments: email@example.com
- Scientists discover new virus infecting potatoes
A new species of the genus Potyvirus infecting potatoes was discovered by scientists working at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) in Edinburgh. In a recent scientific paper, they are proposing the name “Potato yellow blotch virus” (PYBV) to identify the virus in future. It was discovered in a potato breeding line.
- Spore trap network detects spores of potato pathogens
The University of Idaho and industry partners rolled out a spore trap network that uses recent developments in spore sampling technology to detect airborne spores of potato pathogens that cause late blight, early blight, white mold, brown spot and grey mold.
- An app to smartly identify plant pests and diseases
Modern technology put to practical use for potato growers: A smartphone app developed by The James Hutton Institute in Scotland can help with disease identification in the field.
- Bioimpuls: Dutch potato breeders battling late blight
A nationally funded potato breeding project was initiated in the Netherlands with the main goal of supplying the Dutch organic potato sector with new non-GMO potato varieties resistant to the late blight disease. This project became known as Bioimpuls.
- Biotech breeding project looks to knock out late blight
The Feed the Future Biotechnology Potato Partnership is developing a late blight resistant potato which it plans to commercialize and bring to market for potato farmers in Bangladesh and Indonesia.
- The future of late blight control: A research vision
An internationally renowned potato specialist believes it is essential to approach the problem of late blight control in the future from a number of different perspectives. Integrated disease control at all levels is the way to go. Phytophthora infestans will no doubt remain a nuisance for potato growers worldwide in future, and will most likely never be completely eradicated as an important pathogen.
- Role of inoculum source on Rhizoctonia disease development
Understanding the contribution of seed tuber- and soilborne inoculum of Rhizoctonia solani AG 3-PT in causing black scurf disease epidemics is an important step in implementing effective management strategies for the pathogen, according to potato specialists in South Africa.
- Study highlights impacts of seed and soil health
Potato productivity is largely constrained by compacted soils as well as the presence of seed and soil-borne diseases, caused by the Rhizoctonia and Spongospora pathogens. Researchers took a closer look and discuss some of the key findings of their research, which will be of interest to others involved in the potato industry outside of New Zealand.
- DNA soil test service alerts growers to presence of pathogens
The Australian potato industry have invested during the past few years in the development of a unique soil test that extracts DNA – which allows for the determination of the presence and intensity of potato pathogens prior to planting.
- Potential climate change impacts on potato production
Recent extreme weather events such as heat and drought, and unprecedented heavy rain have resulted in reduced bulking and encouraged rotting of tubers in major potato production areas in New Zealand. These have contributed to an estimated 25% loss in production by the New Zealand potato sector last season.
- New resistant late blight strain found in the US
A new late blight strain type, US-25 has recently been identified in New York State. This strain has, to this point, been found only on tomato.
- Rapid tests provide solution for in-field disease diagnosis
Rapid test technology now makes it easy for crop managers and plant health inspectors to test symptomatic plants where and when they are seen in the field, and to make on-the-spot decisions for crop disease management.
- Polyhalite product improves fertilizer efficiency
Polyhalite is a naturally-occurring, low-chloride, multi-nutrient fertilizer, containing four of the six essential macro nutrients required for plant growth – potassium, sulphur, magnesium, and calcium.
- Norwegian company developed solution for acrylamide
A company in Norway developed a new solution to reduce the development of unacceptably high acrylamide levels in potato fries during processing
- Machines for mechanical potato vine removal now re-designed
A range of vine removal machines manufactured in Europe have recently been redesigned to now feature easier operation and control of the machines from a tractor cab.
- Novel insulation coating material for potato storages and processing facilities
A US company produces a thin insulation coating material that works by blocking heat transfer. This product will be effective for potato storage facilities to control condensation, as well as for isolation of processing equipment up to 200C.
- Uganda’s first potato breeder tackles late blight disease
A recent PhD graduate in Uganda aims to contribute to the country’s food security by developing high yielding and early maturing potato varieties with resistance to Phytophthora infestans.
- Reflections on the processing manufacturing industry
Andy Gowing is Director of processing equipment manufacturer Kiremko B.V. and MD/COO of the company in the UK. During a recent interview with Global Potato News, he shared his thoughts on current and future trends in the potato processing industry.