The announcement of £3 million towards a new international laboratory for scientists from Dundee and China underlines Scotland’s global reputation for potato research at the Potatoes in Practice (PiP) event. The Chinese Government and leading potato processing company, Xisen Potato Group have committed the funds to a collaboration with James Hutton Limited (JHL) to breed new varieties and research resistance to pests and diseases, tuber storage and potato processing. The shared facility is likely to be located in China’s Shandong province.
A top-level delegation from Xisen attended the Potatoes in Practice (PiP) event at Balruddery farm on the outskirts of Dundee. Professor Ian Toth said James Hutton Institute scientists would work together with Chinese researchers and share ideas between Scotland and China. “We’re still talking about how we will do it, but there’s £3 million of Chinese money to get the lab up and running and we have high hopes that it will cement the relationship between us and move it forward in the future,” he said. Full report by The Courier