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EuroBlight Statements from the Euroblight workshop

Monday 31, May 2010
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

The document with the common agreed statements from the Workshop in Arras is now available via the link listed below.

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EuroBlight_Statement

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Late blight creates 'culture of fear' among growers

Tuesday 04, May 2010

Category: News

By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

Most serious potato disease shouldn't be kept secret, researchers say

In the potato industry, reporting late blight can be a sensitive matter. Some farmers are reluctant to report outbreaks for fear they won't be able to market the crop or that they'll be viewed as bad farmers.

"I think there's a stigma attached to it," said Phil Nolte, a University of Idaho Extension seed potato specialist.

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Late blight creates 'culture of fear' among growers

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A Narrated Slide Presentation on Late Blight

29.04.10 Age: 33 days
Category: News

By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

University of Maine Cooperative

Late blight is a community disease. It has to be a community issue. Everyone needs to be on board. The scientific community, the industry-support community, as well as the grower community. A narrated slide presentation by Steven B. Johnson, Extension Crops Specialist.

Links: Getting Ready for Late Blight in 2010

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Late blight Ruins Potato Cultivation in Bankura

31.01.09 Age: 1 yrs
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

India

Potato cultivation has has gone down in most areas of Bankura this year. The agricultural authority has identified the disease 'late blight' as the cause behind the ruin of thousands of hectares of potato crops.

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Late blight ruins potato cultivation in Bankura

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A Recent Defender

A Recent Defender

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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Nutrient-Packed and Pest-Resistant Potatoes From ARS Research

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EuroBlight Workshop Powerpoint Presentations

12.05.10 Age: 8 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

3-6 May, Arras, France

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EuroBlight Workshop Powerpoint Presentations

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Understanding Late Blight

Understanding Late Blight

08.05.10 Age: 13 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

UK researchers summarize recent research

To control late blight effectively, you now need a thorough understanding of the pathogen you're dealing with. David Cooke of SCRI (left) and Ruaridh Bain of SAC  (right) summarise recent research and changes to best practice.

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Potatoes: Understanding blight

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Related Projects to Late Blight

05.04.10 Age: 45 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

Euroblight

The Euroblight team have started to make a list of related projects. In appr. 10 days they will make this searchable to be able to find raleted projects among partners and to stimulate collaboration and coordinatioon of activities in Europe. You can find this under "publications" at the top menu.

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Related projects

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Late Blight Control Checklist

11.04.10 Age: 40 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff developed this checklist for potato growers. This checklist identifies late blight control measures that should be followed. Late blight is a community disease and all growers need to do their part.

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Late Blight Control Checklist

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"Late Blight: What Can Organic Farmers Do?"

15.04.10 Age: 36 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

By Kimberly Stoner

Article included in Gleanings, Newsletter of CT/NOFA, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Late Blight: What Can Organic Farmers Do?

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Diseases, Pests and Disorders of Potatoes: A Color Handbook

20.04.10 Age: 31 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

Late Blight, pag. 48

Covering the most important pathogens of potatoes, this handbook provides clear, concise descriptions of the symptoms and cycles of diseases. It also provides detail on the distribution, economic importance, and advice on the control. Illustrated with over 250 color photographs of affected crops, pest profiles and detailed characteristics of common prey to potato crops, this book is the ultimate aid to the rapid identification and control of disease for this important crop.  

* Coverage includes identifcation, disease cycle, economic importance, and control
* Problem-oriented organization
* Over 250 color illustrations; full color
* Field guide practicality

Stuart Wale, Bud Platt, Harold William Platt, Nigel Cattlin
2008. 176 pages

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Diseases, Pests and Disorders of Potatoes: A Color Handbook

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New Brunswick Scientist to Study Potato Blight in Peru

25.04.10 Age: 26 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

Hopes research in birthplace of tuber will help Canadian farmers

A New Brunswick potato scientist will travel to Peru this month in an effort to help Canadian tubers fight blight. Dr. David De Koeyer, who works at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, has spent his professional life studying spuds. He's heading to the vegetable's birthplace in South America to visit the International Potato Centre in Lima, the Peruvian capital. De Koeyer will have 11 months to complete his research among the world's biggest collection of living potato tissue.

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N.B. scientist to study potato blight in Peru

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Next European Potato Late Blight Network

10.03.10 Age: 71 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

List of People Registered

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List of people registered for Arras meeting

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Blight-Resistant Potato Planted

15.03.10 Age: 67 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

Papua New Guinea

Western Highlands potato farmers will soon be enjoying bumper harvests following the National Agricultural Research Institute's (NARI) introduction of late blight-resistant varieties. Farmers, whose crops were badly affected by late blight, have decided to plant the new potato variety.

 

These varieties were identified by NARI, in Tambul, to benefit farmers in the Highlands region. They have also selected areas for trials throughout the Highlands region. The initial trial was reviewed in Ganga village, located just outside Mt Hagen city, during a field day.

 

These new potato varieties will replace the existing sequoia variety, which had been affected by late blight, and can only be grown and cultivated using certain insecticides and continuous attention. Late blight was first detected in 2003 when crops shrivelled after flowering, causing it to die before maturity.

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Western Highlands Province: Blight-resistant potato planted

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International Potato Center (CIP) is Seeking a Potato Breeder

21.03.10 Age: 61 days
Category: News
By: Jorge L. Alonso G.

The position is based in Ethiopia

Potato Breeder - Ref: 10-11/PB/IRS/SSA

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a well-qualified and self-motivated Scientist to join its international team working to develop and test new potato populations and varieties. The position is based in Ethiopia.

The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research organization with a global mandate to conduct research on genetic resources of potatoes, sweetpotatoes, and other Andean roots and tubers, crop genetic enhancement and improvement, integrated crop management and sustainable management of natural resources. CIP's vision is to contribute from its areas of expertise to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular those goals that relate to poverty, hunger, child and maternal mortality, and sustainable development. CIP has its headquarters in Lima, Peru with staff and activities in locations across Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a member of the Alliance of the CGIAR Centers, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 60 donor members.

Program Description: CIP's Global Genetic Enhancement Program evaluates and adapts landrace, wild and improved accessions of potato germplasm held in the CIP genebank to diverse tropical highland, subtropical lowland and temperate systems. CIP's multi-disciplinary SSA team focuses on constraints and opportunities for profitable and sustainable root and tuber crop production and use in Africa  

Position Description: As a member of the Global Genetic Enhancement Program, the Scientist will contribute to more effective use of potato genetic resources, greater breeding progress, capacity strengthening and greater impact.  The Scientist will seek to combine multiple characteristics including virus resistance, heat tolerance, late blight resistance and consumer qualities through interdisciplinary and participatory research. The Scientist will ensure the implementation of state-of-the art potato breeding and deployment approaches in the Tropical Highlands Potato Program; and interact with partners on potato research and germplasm needs, germplasm deployment and use of CIP potato germplasm.

Specific responsibilities include:
•    Planning, prioritizing and implementing local use of CIP-held potato germplasm for population improvement and variety development through an SSA-based crossing program.
•    Working with a team of breeding and germplasm specialists to characterize and improve access to information on pedigree and performance of potato genetic resources.
•    Developing efficient and participatory ways of evaluating adaptation and utility of improved populations in target environments and systems.
•    Publishing and communicating research results through journals, Internet and other outlets.
•    Developing concept notes and proposals in strategic research areas.
•    Contributing to the global system of potato germplasm conservation and use and capacity building of partners in national agricultural research systems.

The successful candidate will have:
•    PhD degree in Plant Breeding or associated discipline
•    A minimum of 5 years post-graduate experience in potato breeding including practical field breeding and the use of state of the art population genetics approaches.
•    Excellent knowledge of quantitative genetics, plant protection, statistics and assessment and use of Genotype x Environment interaction for breeding and variety development.
•    Knowledge of the utility of molecular tools and strategies for breeding vegetatively-propagated crops. Relevant publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
•    Experience in experimental design, agronomy and field experimentation; excellent computer literacy.
•    Interest and ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
•    Excellent written and spoken English; Knowledge of Spanish, French and/or Portuguese is desirable.
Conditions:  The employment contract will be for a three-year term. Employment conditions include an attractive remuneration package, including health care, home leave, and other benefits.  Regional and international travel is required.  CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.

Applications:  Applicants should apply by email, sending a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. and the names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate's professional qualifications and work experience to Rosario Marcovich at cip-recruitment@cgiar.org. The reference of the position should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message. Screening of applications will begin on April 5, 2010 and will continue until the post is filled.

All applications will be acknowledged; only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

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