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Research Project: Potato Genetic Improvement for Enhanced Tuber Quality and Greater Productivity and Sustainability in Western U.S. Production

Location: Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research

Title: Potato production systems, chapter 4. Seed potato production and certification

Author
item WESTRA, ALAN - IDAHO CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC.
item NOLTE, PHILLIP - UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
item Whitworth, Jonathan
item DURRIN, JENNIE - UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

Submitted to: University of Idaho Miscellaneous Publication
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/18/2020
Publication Date: 5/5/2020
Citation: Westra, A., Nolte, P., Whitworth, J.L., Durrin, J.S. 2020. Seed potato production and certification. In: Stark, J.C, Thornton, M., Nolte, P., editors. Potato Production Systems. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. p. 65-86. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39157-7.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39157-7

Interpretive Summary: Successful commercial potato production is highly dependent upon a consistent supply of quality seed. While the production and management of seed potatoes is very similar to commercial crop production, a major difference is that seed potato producers focus on the production of a crop that meets specific quality (purity and phytosanitary) standards. Seed production, therefore, can be considered a specialized sector of the potato industry. The majority of seed potatoes are produced within certification programs that define those quality standards, and most major potato production areas have laws requiring that commercial potato producers plant certified seed potatoes. This chapter will discuss seed potato production within the context of seed certification programs.

Technical Abstract: Successful commercial potato production is highly dependent upon a consistent supply of quality seed. While the production and management of seed potatoes is very similar to commercial crop production, a major difference is that seed potato producers focus on the production of a crop that meets specific quality (purity and phytosanitary) standards. Seed production, therefore, can be considered a specialized sector of the potato industry. The majority of seed potatoes are produced within certification programs that define those quality standards, and most major potato production areas have laws requiring that commercial potato producers plant certified seed potatoes. This chapter will discuss seed potato production within the context of seed certification programs.