Sunday, 25 September 2016

Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2016

Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2...

 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...

Potato Processing International Magazine Invites You to Seminar at Potato Europe

Potato Processing International Magazine Invites Y...

 Potato Processing International magazine (PPI) will host a seminar on September 15, starting at 2...

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

 Americans spent USD7.5bn on potato chips in 2015, or an average of roughly USD 23 for every man,woman ...

CIP Marks 45 Years in Potato Research

CIP Marks 45 Years in Potato Research

 International Potato Center (CIP) has recently marked its 45th anniversary. Nearly half a century ago,...

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorters to Europe

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorter...

 Key Technology introduces its VERYX belt-fed digital sorters to the European food processing industry ...

Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to Grow

Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to ...

 Aperitivos y Extrusionados (Apex), now one of Spain’s top three snack food manufacturers, uses Ishida ...

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...

Lay’s Chalet Sauce Potato Chips Available in Canadian Retail

Lay’s Chalet Sauce P...

  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

New Potato for Diabe...

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

Inventure Foods Adds Kettle-Cooked Potato Chip Manufacturing to Factory

Inventure Foods Adds...

  Specialty foods marketer and manufacturer Inventure Foo...

Avebe Starts the Potato Harvest Campaign

Avebe Starts the Pot...

 Potato starch producer Avebe has recently announced the s...

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

Land-Grant Universit...

 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...

 Greenpeace Germany has recently published a new version o...

Costs of Developing GM Potatoes Comparable to Conventional Varieties

Costs of Developing ...

  The cost of developing GM potato varieties is in fact n...

A consortium of scientists worldwide have joined forces to sequence the genome of the potato, pooling their resources and expertise, working to crack the genetic code of the world's number one non-grain food commodity, at a time of surging population growth and high food prices.


The Netherlands-based Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium (PGSC) includes scientists from 13 countries, such as New Zealand, Russia, India and Peru who are decoding different pieces of the genome.

The consortium plans to elucidate the complete DNA sequence of the potato genome - and complete the project by 2010 at which time it will make its findings public so plant breeders can create new disease resistant seeds, to reduce pesticide use.


Christian Bachem, PGSC coordinator told Potato Processing the consortium is interested in improving quality for nutrition and processing as well as basic biology of potato tuber formation. Once the white potato genome is sequenced, researchers say it will become easier to identify genes in native and wild species of potatoes, which come in 5,000 varieties.


"We'll be able to design seeds more effectively and more efficiently after we know precisely which genes do what," said Gisella Orjeda, a biology professor at the Cayetano Heredia University in Lima who runs a lab that is sequencing one of the chromosomes.

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