Canadian Potato Summit – 2021
February 3, 2021 at
Live Speaker Session 2: Potato breeding update
Speaker: Vanessa Currie, Potato Research Program, University of Guelph
Vanessa will give an update from the University of Guelph’s research program, including variety trials and a pathology study.
Vanessa Currie began conducting potato research after graduating university in 1989. She started by working with controls for Colorado Potato Beetle but soon developed a passion for finding new potato varieties for Canadians. Gary Johnston, breeder of the Yukon Gold potato, was her first mentor. Over the years the potato research program at the University of Guelph has encompassed a wide range of subjects, such breeding new varieties for chip and fresh markets, potatoes for human health, alternate markets for potatoes, and more recently, potato pathology. Vanessa loves researching and eating potatoes.