Breeding colorful disease- and pest-tolerant potatoes

Final Report for FNE06-569

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $3,225.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Northeast
State: Connecticut
Project Leader:
Bryan Connolly
Green Dragon Farm
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Project Information

Summary:
Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE06-569

The purpose of this project was to create lines of attractive, flavorful, leafhopper resistance potato varieties. The leafhopper resistant variety ‘Prince Hairy’ was crossed with four other potato lines, three yellow fleshed, and one purple. Plants were grown from true seed that resulted from the cross-pollination of the different potato varieties. More then 50 lines were created and grown. Two promising lines stood out, both were crosses of ‘Purple Peruvian’ and ‘Prince Hairy’. These are both fingerlings one white and the other purple, their tubers seem clean and free of scab, they were noted by our collaborator as being somewhat tolerant of late blight. These new lines show good potential as specialty potatoes though more assessment of their production, disease resistance, and flavor is needed.

Cooperators

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  • Kim Stoner

Research

Participation Summary
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