potatoes - who knew

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potatoes - who knew

#1  Postby Macdoc » Feb 12, 2019 8:26 am

enjoyed this article and learned a bunch

This spud’s for you: A breeding revolution could unleash the potential of potato

By Erik StokstadFeb. 7, 2019 , 2:00 PM
THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS IN PERU—On a bleak, brown hill here, David Ellis examines a test plot of potato plants and shakes his head. "They're dead, dead, dead," he says. Pests and lack of rain have laid waste to all 17 varieties that researchers had planted.


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#2  Postby felltoearth » Feb 12, 2019 1:18 pm

I knew.
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#3  Postby i have no avatar » Feb 13, 2019 2:42 am

The Colorado potato beetle (from central Mexico?), if accidentally introduced to new areas, may unfortunately have a say in all of this too.
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#4  Postby fluttermoth » Feb 15, 2019 10:35 am

felltoearth wrote:I knew.


So did I :) Who knew we'd be the potato experts?!
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#5  Postby Macdoc » Feb 15, 2019 2:03 pm

consuming large amounts of McDs fries doth not a potato expert make :roll: :coffee:

I like these guys and their potatoes

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#6  Postby Fallible » Feb 15, 2019 2:05 pm

:scratch:
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If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces, don't you know,
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#7  Postby Scot Dutchy » Feb 15, 2019 2:08 pm

I think the guys in Wageningen University would be your nearest thing to experts.
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#8  Postby felltoearth » Feb 15, 2019 2:34 pm

Macdoc wrote:consuming large amounts of McDs fries doth not a potato expert make :roll: :coffee:


Lol Ok.
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#9  Postby Scot Dutchy » Feb 15, 2019 2:39 pm

They have a potato centre:

Wageningen Potato Centre
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#10  Postby Calilasseia » Feb 18, 2019 2:59 pm

Didn't know potatoes were tetraploid. But now that I do, I can see how that's going to complicate selective breeding ...
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#11  Postby felltoearth » Feb 18, 2019 3:01 pm

Scot Dutchy wrote:They have a potato centre:

Wageningen Potato Centre


I’m tempted to open a Couch Centre right next door.
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#12  Postby Hermit » Feb 18, 2019 3:16 pm

Who will organise the TV Centre?
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#13  Postby felltoearth » Feb 18, 2019 3:37 pm

Calilasseia wrote:Didn't know potatoes were tetraploid. But now that I do, I can see how that's going to complicate selective breeding ...

From what I remember from school, conifers are generally not polyploid and have incredible amounts of variation with the exception of Sequoia which is from the cypress family.
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