POTATO ADDRESSES CROP LOSSES
by USDA, the University of Florida and several other universities in 2003, the
Harley Blackwell potato variety is showing itself to be almost immune to internal
heat necrosis, which discolors potatoes and makes them unmarketable.
researchers evaluated the potato from 1998 to 2003 at the Florida Partnership
for Water, Agriculture and Community Sustainability at Hastings. In almost two
dozen field trials, no more than 1 percent of the tubers sampled had internal
heat necrosis. In similar trials with the worlds leading chipping potato
variety, Atlantic, up to 30 percent of tubers had the disorder.
findings have been submitted to the scientific journal The Proceedings of the
Florida State Horticultural Society and will be published later this month.
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