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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Characterization of Mechanisms Regulating Nutritional Content and Quality of Specialty and Processing Potatoes

Location: Vegetable and Forage Crops Production Research

Project Number: 5354-21220-011-04
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 29, 2011
End Date: May 31, 2016

Objective:
This collaboration will assess phytonutrient levels in diverse potato germplasm and characterize mechanisms and factors that control phytonutrient content or processing quality.

Approach:
Potato can be made even more nutritious by developing varieties that have higher levels of antioxidants such as phenolics, vitamin C, anthocyanins and carotenoids. A better understanding of the mechanisms that influence the amounts of phytonutrients in tubers, including both in planta and external environmental influences including post-harvest factors or crop management will facilitate development of high-phytonutrient potatoes. A combination of physiological, biochemical and molecular techniques, including metabolic profiling, gene expression, metabolic engineering and enzyme analysis will be used to address these factors.

Last Modified: 7/22/2014
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