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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Developing Potatoes with Superior Disease Resistance and Phytonutrients

Location: Fruit and Vegetable Insect Research

2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
1. Define and Select Resistance to Powdery Scab and Black Dot in Potato. a) Evaluate genetic materials for resistance to powdery scab, emphasizing resistance to root colonization and impairment by the fungus. b) Screen advanced breeding lines and germplasm for black dot resistance emphasizing establishment of screening protocols. Define the triggering factors that result in damaging outbreaks of black dot. c) Evaluate resistance to combined inoculation with black dot and powdery scab. 2. Determining foliar and tuber symptoms and yield impact due to planting seed infected by different Potato Virus Y strains in eight different potato cultivars. a) Determine the foliar and tuber symptoms produced and yield loss in eight different cultivars when seed infected with three PVY strain are planted. 3. Develop high-phytonutrient Washington potatoes. a) Plant breeding lines or cultivars to assess their potential to produce high-phytonutrient potatoes. b) Analyze phytonutrient content of new potatoes grown. c) Select three genotypes that will be harvested at the new potato stage and at full maturity. d) Conduct taste tests of new potato lines that merit additional testing – namely those lines that perform well in terms of yields and phytonutrient content. e) Use some of the same seed from 3-5 varieties grown in Eastern Washington and plant them in Western Washington. Plants will be grown to maturity and small and large tubers harvest from the same plant and analyzed for phytonutrient content. The results will be compared to the levels seen in baby potatoes from young plants. 4. Breed for Resistance to Columbia Root-Knot Nematode and Corky Ringspot Disease (Toward Pesticide-Reduced Potato Production). a) Identify a molecular marker for tuber resistance to CRKN. b) Screen advanced breeding lines and germplasm for CRKN and CRS resistance in the field and in the greenhouse. c) Make crosses, produce tuber families and select new materials with resistance and improved horticultural and culinary traits.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Analyze phytonutrients in developmentally young potatoes (baby potatoes) using LCMS and GCMS. Evaluate phytonutrients in over 80 cultivars and breeding lines grown in the same field. Other key traits that will influence market success will be measured, including taste, appearance and yield of small tubers. Screen germplasm in the field and greenhouse for Powdery Scab and Black Dot resistance. Use field inoculation and greenhouse inoculation methods. Determine the relationship of field and greenhouse studies. Search for molecular markers associated with resistance. Use polymerase chain reaction methodology to screen segregating progeny. Tissue samples will be tested in this laboratory by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for strains of PVY.


3.Progress Report

Potatoes with superior disease resistance and enhanced phytonutrient content will contribute to industry sustainability and profitability. This new project is dependent on multiple field trials that are currently underway and will be completed in the fall. The baby potato nutrition field trial is mostly complete with tubers from 85 potato genotypes harvested and currently being processed for nutritional analysis, along with key agronomic data to evaluate their likelihood to succeed in the marketplace. Development of potatoes with superior disease resistance will reduce yield loss, increase sustainability and reduce pesticide use. Likewise, high-phytonutrient potatoes will contribute to sustainability, profitability and potentially create new markets, while appealing to consumer demand for nutritious foods. This project supports objective 1: Identify superior germplasm for potato disease- and pest-resistance, phytonutrients, minerals, and determine the extent of natural variation in diverse potato germplasm of select phytonutrients/metabolites. Progress on this project was monitored by on-site visits, phone calls and email.


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