Submitted to: American Journal of Potato Research
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: April 19, 2010
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Citation: Porter, G.A., Dejong, W., Haynes, K.G., Yenoho, G.C., Gergela, D., Clough, M.E., Freeman, J., Veilleux, R.E., Henninger, M.R., Christ, B.J., Halseth, D.E., Menasha, S., Kleinhenz, M. 2011. Breeding, selection, and development of potato varieties in the Eastern United States. American Journal of Potato Research. 88:62.
Potato breeding and variety development in the eastern U.S. is an integrated, eight-state research and extension effort. Three state breeding programs and one federal program are involved with each filling specific areas of specialization. Collaborative multi-site selection, evaluation, and variety development are conducted among all states. The goal of the project is to develop attractive, productive, disease- and insect-resistant potato varieties for fresh, processing, and specialty market outlets. These varieties can be grown by small and large potato producers to enhance marketing opportunities, farm sustainability and grower profits. Development of varieties with durable resistance to important pests and diseases such as late blight, early blight, scab and golden nematode and resistance to heat stress and related defects are long-term priorities. Both classical breeding and marker-assisted selection techniques are utilized.