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16.05.10
Category: News

By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

Nutrient-Packed and Pest-Resistant Potatoes From ARS Research

Nationwide, ARS researchers are seeking to develop new potato varieties that will not only hold their own against insects and disease, but also maintain their storage quality and deliver nutrients that promote health and well-being in spud lovers the world over.
For example, at ARS's Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit in Aberdeen, Idaho, geneticist Rich Novy and plant pathologist Jonathan Whitworth spearhead a program to develop new potato lines that are resistant to different biotypes of the late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans.Toward that end, they're collaborating with Héctor Lozoya-Saldaña, a potato researcher in Chapingo, Mexico, where late blight is endemic.

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