Location: Emerging Pests and Pathogens ResearchTitle: Rethinking seed potato certification: moving toward a grower-focused system
|MATTUPALLI, CHAKRADHAR - Washington State University|
|CHARKOWSKI, AMY - Colorado State University|
Submitted to: Spudman
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/24/2021
Publication Date: 1/22/2022
Citation: Mattupalli, C., Charkowski, A., Ingram, J.T., Filiatrault, M.J. 2022. Rethinking seed potato certification: moving toward a grower-focused system. Spudman. https://spudman.com/article/rethinking-sees-potato-certification-moving-toward-a-grower-focused-system.
Technical Abstract: Current potato seed potato certification relies primarily on visual inspection of potato fields during the growing season followed by post-harvest grow outs for detecting viruses, such as Potato Virus Y. However, because of the emergence of new viruses that do not always display symptoms and a desire for potato seed growers to obtain results earlier, there was a need for improving potato tuber testing. ARS researchers in Ithaca, NY, along with collaborators have been testing a high throughput molecular based diagnostic assay using tubers at harvest. This method of testing is presented as an option to supplement and expedite certification information for a seed lot and facilitate grower decision making. This assay will collectively provide the potato industry with swifter and more accurate seed health data.