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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


"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

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.

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