15 new potato breeds coming from AAFC
Red-skinned varieties will make up half of the total selections that will be released from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) breeders at the annual Potato Selection Release Open House on Feb. 15th.
From adaptability to the processing market and high yields to disease resistance, these potential new varieties have it all. For the first time, the breeding program will unveil a multi-purpose red-skinned selection showing promise for processing as wedges, and as a traditional table potato. Breeders have also developed Russet selections that have a longer shelf life in cold storage while maintaining stable sugars, making them attractive new selections to French fry processors. These are among 15 new potato selections that AAFC’s breeding team is unveiling to industry this year.