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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Systems Approach for Managing Emerging Insect Pests and Insect-Transmitted Pathogens of Potatoes

Location: Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research

Title: Potato-related research at USDA-ARS laboratories in Washington and Idaho

Author
item Horton, David
item Cooper, William - Rodney
item Landolt, Peter
item Thinakaran, Jenita
item Miliczky, Eugene
item Kaur, Navneet
item Navarre, Duroy - Roy
item Brown, Charles - Chuck
item Swisher, Kylie
item Novy, Richard - Rich
item Whitworth, Jonathan

Submitted to: Potato Progress
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/4/2017
Publication Date: 8/23/2017
Citation: Horton, D.R., Cooper, W.R., Landolt, P.J., Thinakaran, J., Miliczky, E., Kaur, N., Navarre, D.A., Brown, C.R., Swisher, K.D., Novy, R.G., Whitworth, J.L. 2017. Potato-related research at USDA-ARS laboratories in Washington and Idaho. Potato Progress. 17(14):1-12.

Interpretive Summary: Potato-related research currently being conducted at three USDA-ARS laboratories in Idaho and Washington is reviewed. Objectives of research programs at the Temperate Tree Fruit & Vegetable Research Unit (Wapato, WA), the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (Prosser, WA), and the Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Laboratory (Aberdeen, ID) include development of new tools with which to manage insect and disease pests of potatoes, and production of new potato cultivars having superior horticultural, nutritional, or pest-resistant traits. We highlight several ongoing studies including: the role of perennial weeds as sources of potato psyllid and zebra chip disease arriving in potato fields; a search for volatile chemicals that can be used to monitor or manage the adult stage of pest wireworms; development and testing of new tools with which to manage soil-borne diseases of potatoes; a search for potato germplasm or cultivars having elevated levels of phytonutrients in tubers; and, breeding and evaluation of tuber cultivars having superior horticultural traits coupled with disease resistance.

Technical Abstract: Potato-related research currently being conducted at three USDA-ARS laboratories in Idaho and Washington is reviewed. Objectives of research programs at the Temperate Tree Fruit & Vegetable Research Unit (Wapato, WA), the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (Prosser, WA), and the Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Laboratory (Aberdeen, ID) include development of new tools with which to manage insect and disease pests of potatoes, and production of new potato cultivars having superior horticultural, nutritional, or pest-resistant traits. We highlight several ongoing studies including: the role of perennial weeds as sources of potato psyllid and zebra chip disease arriving in potato fields; a search for volatile chemicals that can be used to monitor or manage the adult stage of pest wireworms; development and testing of new tools with which to manage soil-borne diseases of potatoes; a search for potato germplasm or cultivars having elevated levels of phytonutrients in tubers; and, breeding and evaluation of tuber cultivars having superior horticultural traits coupled with disease resistance.

Last Modified: 09/25/2017
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