Tuesday, 27 September 2016

UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

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Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2016

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 The 300 exhibitors present (25% more than in 2008) were able to meet with their customers, at Pot...

Potato Bowl Starts on September 13

Potato Bowl Starts on September 13

 Potato Bowl football game, billed as a battle between two of the largest potato growing regions i...

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

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JBT Corporation Acquires Cooling and Applied Technologies

JBT Corporation Acquires Cooling and Applied Technologi...

 JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider for the food and beverage industry, announced ...

Americans Spent Over USD7bn on Potato Chips in 2015

Americans Spent Over USD7bn on Potato Chips in 2015

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Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorters to Europe

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Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to Grow

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GEA to Present Equipment Portfolio at Chillventa

GEA to Present Equipment Portfolio at Chillventa

  From October 11 to 13, 2016, Chillventa will turn the trade show fairgrounds in Nuremberg into an in...

US Processed 5% Less Potatoes in 2015

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Lay’s Chalet Sauce Potato Chips Available in Canadian Retail

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  Frito-Lay Core Global Brands, PepsiCo Foods Canada, a...

Cambodia Opens First Potato Research Centre

Cambodia Opens First...

 With potato consumption continuing to rise in the Kingdom...

New Potato for Diabetics, Growing at Waterdown Farm

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 Canadian consumers who avoid potatoes to reduce their car...

Inventure Foods Adds Kettle-Cooked Potato Chip Manufacturing to Factory

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  Specialty foods marketer and manufacturer Inventure Foo...

Land-Grant Universities Bolster the US Potato Genebank’s Impact

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 Land-grant universities are collaborating to support the ...

New Variety of Innate Potato Approved

New Variety of Innat...

  The J.R. Simplot Company has completed a voluntary cons...

The Use of Nicotine-based Pesticides Limited in Minnesota

The Use of Nicotine-...

  Seeking to reverse a decline in bees and other pollinat...

Greenpeace Issues Blacklist for Pesticides in EU

Greenpeace Issues Bl...

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Costs of Developing GM Potatoes Comparable to Conventional Varieties

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It is vital we avoid introducing new plant health problems, warns Mark Prentice, the UK Potato Council head of seed and export, who organised this year's Seed Industry Event at Crieff Hydro on October 26.

The chair of the Canadian Horticultural Council, Keith Kuhl, spoke about plant health challenges faced by Canadian growers and how they addressed them.

"There are many parallels that we can draw between what happened in Canada and what could happen here if new diseases such as Ring Rot and Dickeya are permitted to take hold," said Mr Prentice. "Mr Kuhl also highlighted the importance of communication within industry and between industry and Government."

Continuing the theme of plant health, Prof Anton Haverkort of Plant Research International, Wageningen in the Netherlands, examined some of the global trends to which breeding is expected to respond, including greater disease resistance.

Lively discussions at the workshops followed as growers discussed their own concerns directly with researchers. This year topics included the latest results from the research funded by Potato Council and the Scottish Government on the blackleg-type disease ‘Dickeya solani' with Dr John Elphinstone from Fera and Prof Ian Toth from SCRI. In addition, Dr Stuart Wale and Dr Jon Ogborne held a workshop on effective seed treatments.

Principal research scientist Dr Brian Fenton from SCRI updated delegates on the latest results from the Potato Council's three-year project on aphid-borne potato potyviruses (PVY and PVA).

The event also focused on the consumer and the need to supply what the consumer wants. Caroline Evans, Potato Council head of marketing gave a workshop on this theme, and in the afternoon session, delegates heard from John Wiskerke, director of raw and supply chain from Lamb Weston Meijer and seed grower Tony Bambridge.

The event rounded up with the traditional dinner and awards ceremony.

"The feedback from delegates on the top-class speakers from home and abroad has been very positive," commented Mr Prentice. "We can draw many parallels with the challenges our international speakers have faced in their own countries and we can learn from each other the best way to address issues such as plant health threats.

"There was a high level of participation in discussions demonstrating the importance to the industry of the plant health, seed production and the market."

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