Potato breeding involves the mechanics of taking pollen from one flower (variety) and fertilizing the stigma of another flower (variety). A successful pollination will produce 200-300 seeds in a “cherry-tomato”-like berry. Those seeds are sown in pots. Each small tuber that grows is a potential...

Peter spoke at the African Potato Association Meeting, held in Naivasha, Kenya, July 1, 2013. He discussed how Asian farmers in China, Vietnam and the Philippines had demystified technology around tissue culture and varietal selection to become very successful seed potato producers. He challenged the...

Seed tubers generally show apical dominance at sprout initiation (left). The goal at Spring planting is to have every eye on a tuber produce a sprout (middle). How is this accomplished? Apical dominance can be broken by breaking off the apical sprout or by cutting...