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Some new high tech tools will soon give farmers a way to keep weeds down, cut costs and herbicide use dramatically and work around weed resistance to herbicides.In collaboration with a University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) engineer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada weed specialist Andrew McKenzie-Gopsill is turning to sensors,…
Chinese scientists will attempt to grow potatoes on the moon as part of a forthcoming lunar mission.
It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world's rapidly growing population.
  A potato extract that’s rich in beneficial compounds is looking very promising. In trials with mice, researchers at McGill University have found that this extract reduces weight gain and provides other important health benefits. Now, they hope to conduct clinical trials to see if the extract produces similar benefits…
March 7, 2016, Charlottetown, PEI – A research team has discovered that Prince Edward Island is exporting more than just potatoes. It turns out that 95 per cent of the nitrates that are emptying into the Northumberland Strait are coming from this province. And of these, 91 per cent are…
February 12, 2016, Fredericton, NB – Bright pink and purple are the hot new fashion colours for Spring 2016, for potatoes. Every year the federal government releases new kinds of potatoes to the marketplace: the spuds that eventually end up sprouting in our gardens, turning golden in our deep fryers…
Feb. 3, 2016, Ontario – Eugenia Banks recently received the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association (OFVGA) 2016 Award of Merit at the OFVGA annual general meeting in January. Banks hails from Santiago, Chile where she completed her bachelor of science degree at the University of Chile. She studied further…
December 3, 2015, Gainesville, FL – University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found an irrigation method that uses 50 per cent less water than traditional systems to grow potatoes. The system is called “hybrid centre pivot irrigation.” With this method, about two-thirds of the water…
  Nov. 19, 2015, Ottawa – The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) needs producer volunteers to participate in focus groups that examine the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the commodities of apples, crops, honey, mushrooms, potatoes and turf. These standards will then be further developed into meaningful tools and inform training…
Oct. 30, 2015, Alberta – Using potato peels and culls considered waste by Alberta’s potato-processing industry, University of Alberta researchers have created a starch-based bioactive film that is both eco-friendly and rich in antioxidants. With applications for both the food packaging and cosmetic industries, the new bioactive film is a…
The root-knot nematode is a parasitic roundworm that can infect about 2,000 plants and is one of the three most damaging parasitic nematodes to agricultural crops worldwide. Photo by UNH. Sept. 14, 2015, Durham, NH – Roundworms that feed on plants cause approximately $100 billion in annual global crop damage. But…
Aug. 21, 2015, Ghent, Belgium – Potato breeders must use a combination of natural resistance genes to develop new varieties that are less susceptible to blight, according to researchers.
Aug. 10, 2015, Barcelona, Spain – The humble spud is being credited with fuelling the extraordinary expansion of the brain in human evolution. The New Zealand Herald reports. | READ MORE
  July 21, 2015, MB – The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing more than $2 million over three years to support research and development projects in the province’s agriculture and agri-food sector and potato research is getting a share of the funding. The funded projects cover a range of…
July 14, 2015 -A $1.4 million investment from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will help Potatoes New Brunswick lead a national research effort to help improve potato yields and the export competitiveness of Canadian French fries. This investment will enable Potatoes New Brunswick to work with other industry partners, Agriculture Canada…
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