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


Dr Stuart Wale is a potato agronomist and researcher with 40 years' experience for SAC Consulting, a Division of 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 company: Potato Dynamics Ltd.



Publication date:

10 September 2018

Length of book:

328 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761286

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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 growth 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 and nematode pests.

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.

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.Improving potato cultivation practices: an overview: Vijay Kumar Dua, Sanjay Rawal, Sukhwinder Singh and Jagdev Sharma, ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, 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. Lees, 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 P. Robinson, North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota, USA;
12.Nematode pests of potatoes: Kim Davie and Jon Pickup, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), UK;
13.Potato pest management with specific reference to the Pacific Northwest (USA): Stuart Reitz, Oregon State University, USA;