Farm Products

Scab resistant potatoes

RESEARCHERS have developed potato varieties that possess extreme resistance to common scab, which affects the global potato industry, causing scab-like lesions on tubers. Infected potatoes can fail certification, be downgraded to ware quality or be rejected for processing outright. Two of the disease-resistant clones, the Tassie RussetTM and Tassie TaterTM, have received Plant Breeders Rights and the researchers are seeking commercial partners to release these new varieties in Australia. The science used to produce these Russet Burbank clones can be applied to any commercial potato cultivar to improve disease resistance.

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