Potato companies sign breeding deal

Two potato companies have signed a five-year deal with the James Hutton Institute's Mylnefield Research Service (MRS) subsidiary to continue a potato-breeding programme that started in 2005.

Taylor Food Group, which owns Taypack, QV Foods and its subsidiary Pseedco, are all based at Moncur, Perthshire. The deal with MRS is worth a considerable six-figure sum.

Breeder Finlay Dale, which leads the Hutton's potato team, will use the latest technological advances to develop new varieties from salad potatoes to baking potatoes.

The previous breeding programme left a legacy of hundreds of crosses for further use, but attention has recently focused on an unnamed selection that is near to commercialisation and is grown on a field scale.

The variety has been multiplied by the Brown family at West Adamston, near Dundee, and is showing good tuber blight and blackleg resistance.

It also shows partial resistance to pallida, a type of potato cyst nematode. There is also good immunity to virus Y and powdery scab.

QV Foods and Pseedco representative Alistair Redpath said their involvement would mean a much wider spectrum of uses for these varieties."


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