Traits and Genetics
Potato Research Centre unveils new varieties
By Potatoes in Canada
Feb. 27, 2014, Fredericton – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)’s potato breeding program is offering two new chippers for the potato industry to evaluate.
The first one, which was unveiled on February 12, offers industry "a chipping potato with a higher yield and fewer internal imperfections that can reduce chip quality," according to a press release from AAFC.
The other one does better in cold storage, prolonging shelf life and reducing the need for chemical treatment to control disease that can occur in storage.
The potato chips industry in Canada is expected to increase in value to $1.7 billion by the end of 2016.
The entire list of 15 new potato selections includes potatoes ideal for French fry production, fresh market and specialty type potatoes with coloured skin and flesh. The Lethbridge Herald has more details. | READ MORE