Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes Volume 2 Production, storage and crop protection


Dr Stuart Wale is a potato agronomist and researcher for SAC Consulting within SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College). He was formerly Head of Crop Services at the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC – the forerunner of SRUC). He has published widely on potato diseases in particular, co-editing Diseases, pests and disorders of potatoes: a colour handbook, and is a former President of the British Society of Plant Pathology. Dr Wale also has his own consultancy: Potato Dynamics Ltd.



Publication date:

24 August 2018

Length of book:

360 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761286



Potatoes are one of the world’s key food crops. Their nutritional value, and the fact that they can be grown with relatively few inputs in a wide range of environments, makes them an important food security crop. However, yields in developing countries are held back by factors such as poor cultivation practices and the impact of pests and diseases, whilst more intensive systems need to become more ‘climate smart’ both to minimise their environmental impact and adapt to climate change.

This volume looks at key research on improving cultivation techniques at each stage in the value chain for potato production. Chapters in Part 1 range from modelling yields to nutrient and irrigation management as well as post-harvest storage. Part 2 reviews advances in understanding and managing fungal, bacterial and viral diseases as well as the management of insect pests and weeds. The final part of the book discusses ways of monitoring and reducing the environmental impact of potato cultivation.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for potato scientists, growers, government and non-government agencies supporting potato cultivation. Volume 1 looks at breeding and aspects of quality.

Key features

  • Comprehensive coverage of improvements in cultivation techniques across the potato value chain, from yield modelling to post-harvest storage
  • Detailed review of the main fungal, bacterial and viral diseases affecting potatoes
  • Assesses the environmental impact of potato cultivation

What others are saying...

"Sustainable potato cultivation means simultaneously addressing and resolving a complex set of varied and interlinked context-specific constraints. These books promise to rise to the occasion with a talented cast of authors who span the disciplinary spectrum from genetics, pests and diseases, cropping systems all the way through to nutrition and consumer perspectives."
Graham Thiele, Director - CGIAR Research Program on Roots Tubers and Bananas, led by the International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru

Table of contents

Part 1 Potato production and storage
1.Modelling potato growth: Ilkka Leinonen, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), UK; and Hongyan Chen and James A. Taylor, Newcastle University, UK;
2.Achieving sustainable potato cultivation: an overview: Vijay Kumar Dua, Sanjay Rawal, Sukhwinder Singh and Jagdev Sharma Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), India;
3.Improving nutrient management in potato cultivation: Philip J. White, The James Hutton Institute, UK;
4.Advances in irrigation management and technology in potato cultivation: experiences from a humid climate: Jerry Knox and Tim Hess, Cranfield University, UK;
5.Organic potato cultivation: Thomas F. Döring, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and University of Bonn, Germany; and Derek H. Lynch, Dalhousie University, Canada;
6.Post-harvest storage of potatoes: Adrian Briddon, Adrian Cunnington and Glyn Harper, Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, UK;
7.Acrylamide formation in fried potato products and its mitigation: Bruno De Meulenaer, Raquel Medeiros Vinci and Frédéric Mestdagh, Ghent University, Belgium;

Part 2 Diseases and pests
8.Fungal diseases affecting potato storage: A. The James Hutton Institute, UK;
9.Bacterial diseases affecting potatoes: M. Jennifer Sjölund, Rachel Kelly, Gerry S. Saddler and David M. Kenyon, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), UK;
10.Viruses affecting potatoes: Colin Jeffries and Christophe Lacomme, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), UK;
11.Non-infectious disorders affecting potatoes: Andrew Robinson, North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota, USA;
12.Nematode pests of potatoes: Jon Pickup and Kim Davie, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), UK;
13.Potato insect pest management: the case of the Pacific Northwest (USA): Stuart Reitz, Oregon State University, USA;