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Title: Breeding, selection, and development of potato varieties in the Eastern United States

item PORTER, G - University Of Maine
item DEJONG, W - Cornell University
item Haynes, Kathleen
item YENOHO, G - North Carolina State University
item GERGELA, D - University Of Florida
item CLOUGH, M - North Carolina State University
item FREEMAN, J - Virginia Polytechnic Institution & State University
item VEILLEUX, R - Virginia Polytechnic Institution & State University
item HENNINGER, M - Rutgers University
item CHRIST, B - Pennsylvania State University
item HALSETH, D - Cornell University
item MENASHA, S - Cornell University
item KLEINHENZ, M - The Ohio State University

Submitted to: American Journal of Potato Research
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/19/2010
Publication Date: 2/1/2011
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.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: 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.