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Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEurope 2016

Focus Conferences and New Developments at PotatoEu...

  The innovations introduced by ARVALIS - Institut du végétal and its technical partners at Potat...

Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep Potatoes Trendy”

Exclusive Interview – Europatat: “We Need to Keep ...

On he occasion of the Europatat Congress, we have had the opportunity to interview Mr. Kees van Aren...

PotatoEurope 2016: Numerous Dynamic Demonstrations Over 23 Hectares

PotatoEurope 2016: Numerous Dynamic Demonstrations...

 PotatoEurope is the largest open-field event devoted to the potato in Europe, which will cover an...

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

AHDB and CEJA Comment on Vote to Leave EU

  The comments on the UK decision to leave EU assaulted media and social networks.

FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period after Brexit

FDF: UK Food Manufacturers Face a Challenging Period af...

  UK food manufacturers face a "very challenging period" in the wake of the country's decisi...

Tolsma-Grisnich Group Acquires Majority Share in Farm Electronics Limited

Tolsma-Grisnich Group Acquires Majority Share in Farm E...

  Tolsma-Grisnich, a leading Dutch specialist in intelligent storage technology for potatoes, onions a...

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato with a Sorting Solution from TOMRA

Case Study: The Experience of Potato Producer Nedato wi...

 The Nedato is a cooperative of 500 farmers, which has been producing quality potatoes to customers acr...

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Transfer Machine

Tong Engineering Introduces New Cleaner Loader Crop Tra...

   Tong Engineering is set to introduce a new Cleaner Loader crop transfer machine to its latest range...

Kiremko Builds a New French Fries Line in Belgium

Kiremko Builds a New French Fries Line in Belgium

  Kiremko announced they had started to build a new French fries line in Belgium, with a capacity of 1...

McCain Foods Invests USD65m in Expanding Its French Fries Plant in Canada

McCain Foods Invests...

McCain Foods (Canada) announced a major investment of USD6...

Branston Began the Expansion of Its Potato Processing Plant in Lincoln

Branston Began the E...

The UK potato supplier Branston has begun work on its GBP5...

Processed Potatoes in EU Worth EUR10b in 2014

Processed Potatoes i...

  Processed potatoes (mainly frozen chips and crisps) wer...

Aviko Introduces a Guide for Gluten-free Catering

Aviko Introduces a G...

 The potato processor Aviko is supporting caterers during ...

Americans Were Asked which Lay's Flavors Stay and which Go

Americans Were Asked...

   For the first time in brand history, the Lay's brand a...

Scientists Reveal Potato Parasite’s “Toolkit"

Scientists Reveal Po...

  An international research collaboration led by the Univ...

Kangaroo Island Potato Producer Wins the “Mini MBA” for Farmers

Kangaroo Island Pota...

 Kangaroo Island potato producer Peter Cooper has been nam...

CEJA President: Losing Young Farmers Puts the Future of European Food Production at Risk

CEJA President: Losi...

  CEJA President, Alan Jagoe, addressed EU agriculture mi...

Researchers Develop Nutrient-rich Purple Potato

Researchers Develop ...

  A group of researchers from CSU have recently developed...

Search Begins for Scottish Strategic Potato Farm

Search Begins for Sc...

  AHDB has announced the quest for the first farmer host ...

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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