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Fast-maturing, resilient potatoes in Hutton researchers’ sights

Fast-maturing, resilient potatoes in Hutton researchers’ sights

The finding will assist breeders in developing more resilient potato varieties
“Understanding the mechanism of tuber initiation in potato provides a new strategy to increase yields of a crop that is absolutely pivotal for global food security.”
The finding will assist breeders in developing more resilient potato varieties

Potato is one of the world’s most important food crops, but the vulnerability of yield levels to plant stresses limit the crop’s uptake in some parts of the world, particularly in areas impacted by climate change. This reduces potato’s potential to support food security in such regions.

New research by James Hutton Institute plant scientists has found that a specific protein encoded by the potato genome is a key component of tuberisation – the process by which the potato plant initiates and develops tubers.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute