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Uganda: Naro institute develops new Irish potato variety to curb late blight

May 26th, 2016 / Daily Monitor

Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute (KZARDI), which is under Naro, has produced a disease-resistant Irish potato variety via biotechnology to enable high yields for food security and income generation. The new variety, which is an improved Victoria type, has been tested for two years. It can planted until harvest without …

Canada approves non-browning, low acrylamide GMO potato for sale

March 26th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

the Innate potato has the same nutritional composition of regular potatoes plus reduced asparagine. This amino acid found in many starchy foods produces acrylamide, suspected to be a human carcinogen. Potatoes naturally produce the chemical when they’re cooked at high temperatures above 120 C (250 F). Read …

Stakeholders concerned about whitefly pest

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

Over 100 members of the panel for agricultural research from 23 countries have met today in Arusha to discuss ways to tackle the whitefly species known to cause crop losses. The pest fly which carries and spread disease is a major threat to global food production. According to research …

New crop varieties for Nigerian farmers

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

The Federal Government has approved the release of 17 new high yield crop varieties to Nigerian farmers to enhance food production according to the National Varieties Release Committee (NVRC). NVRC chairman, Oladosu Awoyemi said at the 23rd meeting of the NVRC at Ibadan only 17 of the 24 crop …

Scientists make breakthrough in blight-resistant Irish potatoes

February 10th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) is in the process of breeding Irish Potato varieties that are resistant to late blight, a fungal disease ravaging the crop in farmers’ fields across the country. Read …

Uganda: GM potato shows extreme resistance to late bright

January 27th, 2016 / ISAAA

The first field trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes resistant to potato blight conducted in Uganda from October 2015 to January 2016 has been completed. Twelve highly resistant GM potatoes of ‘Desiree’ and one of ‘Victoria’ varieties from the International Potato Center (CIP) showed extreme levels of resistance compared to …

Irish potatoes help combat effect of climate change in Ethiopia

December 14th, 2015 / Irish Times, Ireland

One success story among many that we have had here is the introduction of the humble Irish potato to drought-stricken and hungry areas of the highlands of Ethiopia. In an attempt to find a substitute for local varieties, we introduced the Belete variety which produced extremely high yields of 56.6 …

Beta carotene-fortified potatoes paving way for biofortified African cassava

December 4th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

The humble potato has potential to become an important source of beta-carotene and may lead to more nutritious cassava crops in developing countries, thanks to newly patented research from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI). Scientiests are looking to apply lessons learned in potatoes to cassava plants. Biofortified cassava roots could …

New potato varieties to boost productivity in Tanzania, Kenya could borrow some tips

November 14th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Brian Moseti writes “… Mtanga Farms Limited (MFL), in partnership with the Tanzanian government, announced the registration of four new potato varieties with the company promising to multiply and sell these seed potatoes to local farmers. With access to clean seed material, Tanzanian farmers for whom potatoes are a major …

South Africa: GM corn, soy & cotton OK but not potato

September 25th, 2015 / AFK Insider, US

South Africa has rejected genetically modified potatoes for commercial production, raising questions about a double standard that allows GM corn, cotton and soy to be grown and sold there. See …