Breeding

Wild potatoes key for stronger spuds

Scientists have discovered wild potatoes may be the ‘cure’ in producing disease resistant spuds.

New research has suggested limited genetic differences in potato lineages has left British and American spuds vulnerable to the disease that caused the Irish potato famine.

Plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute have revealed that commercial potato crops are under constant threat of late blight, the pathogen behind one of Europe’s most devastating famines, but wild potato genes might be the cure.

Dr Ingo Hein, Principal Investigator in plant pathogen co-evolution, says that by using tools his team has developed they could put potato breeders at ease, helping farmers produce fit fritters instead of the frail.

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