Published online: Apr 04, 2011
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The Washington Potato Commission approved about $742,000 dollars in research projects for the upcoming growing season at its quarterly meeting in March.

Commission Director of Research Andy Jensen says there are a couple of notable things about the projects approved this year.

Jensen: "One is that we funded a couple of projects that are cooperative between Oregon, Washington and Idaho scientists, something that we have recently begun doing is having scientists cooperate amongst all three of our northwest states. Another project that I am excited about personally is a project that is looking at what kind of insects actually eat spider mites in potatoes. Spider mites are a major pest of potatoes especially late in the season. We have always thought there are probably things that keep them under control in certain situations but we don`t know which predators they might be and we have a project looking at that this year."