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Canada: Potato research lab shares milestones at open house

Benoit BizimungoBenoit Bizimungu spends about 12 years working on a single type of potato, trying to develop a more resilient crop that requires less fertilizer or chemicals. The research scientist had a chance to share his work with the public Saturday when his workplace, the Fredericton Research and Development Centre, opened its laboratory doors to the public. More than 300 people stopped by the open house to get a peek into the federal facility, which primarily focuses on researching potatoes. Each year, he begins his research in the field with 100,000 potato varieties. He said the volume of work he and his colleagues do surprised some and others were shocked to learn it can take 12 years to create a new potato. “I tell them you have to be patient to truly develop some improved product,” he said. More