November 7, 2012
RESEARCHERS PRESS ON DESPITE CUTS
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The program is now down one full-time technician and has reduced the number of clones it develops in search of potato varieties capable of filling key niches within the industry. Three years ago, the
"Even with new technologies, with potatoes it's still a numbers game," said Whitworth, a plant pathologist.
Clones are subjected to field, taste, storage and frying trials over the course of more than a decade, with only the top candidates retained. One or two may eventually emerge as new varieties.
SOURCE: John O’Connell, Capital Press
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