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Potato Breeding and Cultivar Development

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Asunta (Susie) Thompson, Potato Breeder
Office: Loftsgard Hall 370F
Phone: (701) 231-8160

Susie Thompson presents: NDSU Potato Breeding and Variety Trials (2020 NDSU REC Field Days video)

2020 Oakes Potato Processing Trials Table (referred to in above video)

The NDSU potato improvement team concentrates on breeding and evaluation for important traits to our industry, including cold processing ability (both chip and frozen products), late blight, Colorado potato beetle, sugar end, Verticillium wilt, pink rot and Pythium leak, aphid, and Fusarium dry rot resistance. In hybridizing, the breeding program utilizes germplasm enhancement in an effort to develop durable and long-term resistance to pests and stresses and to improve quality attributes, exploiting wild species, wild species hybrids, and cultivars and advanced selections from cooperators around the globe.  The program utilizes up to 12 locations for research plots across North Dakota and western Minnesota.

"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to it's liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."
~ Thomas Jefferson

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