With late blight causing many problems in potato crops in 2007,
visitors to this week's Potatoes in Practice at Dundee will be
able to hear and see how extensive research in Scotland is continuing
to tackle this major problem.
Potato blight is still the most important potato disease is the
world and despite many advances continues to cause considerable
difficulties for UK farmers.
Although faced with a difficult year in 2007, developments in
host resistance and fungicide control measures mean that potato
blight is usually no longer the disaster it was in the past, researchers
(plant pathologists and geneticists) from SCRI and SAC continue
the search for better control solutions. Their research, funded
by the EU, the Scottish Executive, BPC, agrochemical companies
and others, includes identifying novel host resistance, breeding
new resistant varieties, understanding how to optimise blight control
using fungicides, improving knowledge of the potato blight, and
contributing to the BPC "Fight against Blight" programme.
SAC and SCRI scientists will be on hand at Potatoes in Practice
to discuss their research on blight and other research (see below)
with visitors to the event.
Potatoes in Practice Potatoes in Practice is Britain's premier
field-based event dedicated to the potato industry. It offers a
unique opportunity for farmers, advisers and others to view the
latest government and industry- supported research at a single
site. The event is hosted by SCRI, SAC, CSC PotatoCare and BPC
and supported by Potato Review. Anyone interested should attend
between 9:30am - 4:30pm at SCRI's Gourdie Farm, Liff, Dundee DD2
This free event will offer attendees four different areas of interest.
1. Field trials
* Meeting industry priorities including:
varieties to fields
* agronomy for new varieties
* herbicide demonstrations
* fertiliser demonstrations
* mustard and radish biological benefits
* common scab control
* potato breeding
* black dot and Rhizoctonia
* new variety demonstrations.
2. Seminar presentations. Topics include:
* PCN control
* Environmental pressures on the potato
3. Marquee exhibits
* BPC, SCRI, SAC and SASA experts will be
present explaining their latest research and products. There will
also be a host of industry-leading companies show-casing the latest
products, research and services.
4. Outdoor machinery displays
* Machinery dealers and manufacturers
will display the latest models and technology.
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