Potato Variety Improvement, Evaluation, and Management in Idaho
Although it has many virtues, the major potato variety grown in Idaho, Russet Burbank, has a number of overriding faults that create a need for replacement by improved varieties. However, in spite of recent successes in developing new potato varieties that are useful to the Idaho industry, a strong candidate for replacing Russet Burbank has not yet been found. The appropriate germplasm is available to do so, but the evaluation and development process must be continued to identify acceptable new varieties. This project utilizes a comprehensive potato variety development program to release improved varieties that will directly benefit all segments of the Idaho and Northwest potato industries and indirectly benefit the potato industry throughout the U.S. The project is designed to select potato clones of different market types for multiple traits
such as disease resistance, cold sweetening resistance and processing quality and nutritive value and also determines best management practices for each new variety.