Savari Research Trust hits "crowdfunding" target to test blight-resistant potato early

Having set itself the goal of raising £5,000 within 100 days to test its new blight-resistant potato variety, the Sárvári Research Trust (SRT) has taken just a month to hit its target.

Dr David Shaw - image:SRT
Dr David Shaw - image:SRT

Over 50 backers have already chosen from a list of online support options from "Friend" (£10) to "Go-Getter" (£500). While supporters are unlikely to receive any direct return on their investment, they participate in trialling the new variety in field, garden and kitchen.

The trust has now set itself a second target of £10,000. According to director of research Dr David Shaw: "Our first target of £5,000 gets us part way to progressing our new variety but the £10,000 total should get us all the way."

The trust's ultimate goal is to gain National List status for the variety, provisionally named Crow.


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