Blight Resistant Potatoes

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Blight Resistant Potatoes

What are peoples' experiences of growing Sarpo potatoes this year?

We have grown Sarpo Mira for a number of years now and it has always shown the blight resistance claimed of it...until this year. Ours succumbed to late blight only shortly after out totally unresistant Arran Victories.

I'm wondering if its a new strain that has developed, and started to render Sarpo Mira less resistant - as happened with Lady Balfour before it. Any other thoughts on latest blight resistance/ proneness welcome

 

anthony pelly
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Blight resistance

what exactly is the organic status of genetically modified blight resistant potatoes ? I have grown Caralus this year ( we are not registered organic ) and they are certainly blight resistant and are storing very well and they are pretty good allrounders, although my customers seem to  prefer older varieties, like Desiree and Charlotte. 

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Blight resistant potatoes

David Shaw will give an update on the state of the blight pathogen and resistance at the field lab meeting on Dec 4th http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/?i=events.php&event_id=413

Do come along and find out more on alternatives and join with growers to find solutions - it could be varieties or cultural techniques.

GM not compatible with organic and no commercial varieties available or permitted at the moment. In any case we need diversity in our potatoes not single genetic technical fixes.

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