Second generation GMO potato awaiting approval

A second generation genetically modified potato that has been engineered to resist the pathogen that led to the Irish potato famine, is now awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Known as the Russet Burbank, the potato has also been modified to be stored for longer and […]

Aphid control can stem spread of potato viruses

It’s a matter of strategy for farmers, according to the Manitoba Co-Operator. While the pathogenic virus potato virus Y (PVY) isn’t new to the agricultural industry, the fact that the virus is changing is.

New strains have begun to emerge, once again bringing the management of possible spread of disease to the forefront for researchers […]

Scientists develop potatoes that ‘resist late blight’

Late blight is a plant disease that can devastate a potato crop, and was responsible for the Great Famine in Ireland in 1846 to 1852.

The disease is caused by the fungus-like organism Phytophthora infestans, a pathogen specialized to infect potato plants and, to a lesser extent, tomato plants. The pathogen is of particular concern […]