Thursday, 23 November 2017

Agritechnica 2017 Presents Latest Technologies for Cropping and Storing

Agritechnica 2017 Presents Latest Technologies for...

  For seven days, between November 12 and 18, at Agritechnica 2017, high-caliber manufacturers an...

British Potato 2017 Event Plots UK Role after Brexit

British Potato 2017 Event Plots UK Role after Brex...

  BP2017 Potato Industry Show is a potato gathering from seed to supermarket, taking place Novemb...

Potato Expo Announces Topics and Speakers for January Edition

Potato Expo Announces Topics and Speakers for Janu...

  Potato Expo has announced the sessions and speakers for the January 10-12, 2018 event, to be he...

Avebe Records Growth in Performance Price

Avebe Records Growth in Performance Price

  Coöperatie Avebe achieved a performance price of more than EUR82, meaning it is almost 7% higher tha...

Belgium Potato Processors to Join Indonesian Food Expo

Belgium Potato Processors to Join Indonesian Food Expo

  The Belgian Potato Trade and Processing Industry Federation (Belgapom) will take part in the major I...

tna Expands China Operations

tna Expands China Operations

  tna announces the opening of TNA Solutions (Shanghai) Co. Ltd to provide local food manufacturers wi...

New Tools for Growers to Be Launched at British Potato 2017

New Tools for Growers to Be Launched at British Potato ...

    British Potato 2017 is an occasion for launching and introducing working tools for growers. The eve...

Tolsma-Grisnich Delivers Potato Grading Machines to German Processing Plant

Tolsma-Grisnich Delivers Potato Grading Machines to Ger...

  Tolsma-Grisnich has recently commissioned new grading machines at Golden-Geest-Kartoffeln Erzeugerge...

Omnivent Launches New Line of OmniFans for Potato Storages

Omnivent Launches New Line of OmniFans for Potato Stora...

  Omnivent launches a new line of OmniFans with the Permanent Magnet (PM) engine techniques which pres...

Chicken Rice, Laksa-flavored Potato Chips to Launch in Singapore

Chicken Rice, Laksa-...

  Two new flavors of potato chips - Hainanese Chicken Ric...

Asda’s New Wagyu Beef Dripping Potatoes

Asda’s New Wagyu Bee...

  British retailer Asda has introduced Extra Special Wagy...

Boulder Canyon Brings Back Seasonal Potato Chips Flavors

Boulder Canyon Bring...

  Turkey Gravy and Pumpkin Pie kettle-cooked potato chi...

Branston’s Italian Potatoes Are Again Available in Tesco Stores

Branston’s Italian P...

  Italian new potatoes supplied by Branston were availabl...

ITC Enters the Fresh  Produce Market with Innovative Potatoes

ITC Enters the Fresh...

  Indian company ITC Ltd has entered the fresh fruits and...

Frito-Lay Launches New Autumn Flavor Brands

Frito-Lay Launches N...

  PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division announces new brands - the...

Innovative Potato Products Presented at Anuga 2017

Innovative Potato Pr...

  Potato producers exhibited a range of innovative produc...

Potandon Launches Low-carb Innovation in Fresh Potato Category

Potandon Launches Lo...

During the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit co...

PepsiCo Increases Production Capacity in Moscow Region

PepsiCo Increases Pr...

  PepsiCo launched a new Lay’s potato chips production li...

DARS Starts Cleaning Potatoes of Viruses to Improve Production

DARS Starts Cleaning...

    The Department of Agriculture Research Services in Mal...

Czech Potato Research Institute Cultivates Blue Potato Variety

Czech Potato Researc...

  The Potato Research Institute, based in the town of Hav...

British Potato Producer Builds Potato Store in Marsham

British Potato Produ...

  A potato producer has applied for permission to build a...

National Potato Council Awards Adrienne Gorny for Potato Research

National Potato Coun...

  The National Potato Council (NPC) announces that Adrien...

Solynta Develops Late Blight Resistant Potato Varieties

Solynta Develops Lat...

  Dutch potato breeding company Solynta has developed pot...

Hydroponic Potatoes Might Be Grown inside Europe’s Deepest Metal Mine

Hydroponic Potatoes ...

  A research team recently launched a pilot project to in...

Cornell University Publishes Organic Production and IPM Guide for Potatoes

Cornell University P...

  The practical potato production Guide was compiled by a...

Canada Approves Three New Types of GMO Potatoes

Canada Approves Thre...

  Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Id...

Cavendish Farms to Build Two New Modern Storage Facilities

Cavendish Farms to B...

  Prince Edwards Island's major potato processor Cavendis...

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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