If you’re interested in potato breeding, take note of a new manual that was recently translated into English by a Dutch publisher. The manual, Potato breeding – a practical manual for the potato chain, covers the history of potato breeding in the Netherlands, including background on the genetics and instructions for crosses and selections.
While geared toward potato breeders, the manual is also useful to farmers and consumers who are interested in the background of varieties. One aim of the authors is to stimulate an organic potato growers and breeders network, so the manual contains a separate section on the priorities of traits important for organic production systems. This is the first manual of its kind, and was written by Marjolein Tiemens-Hulscher, Jaap Delleman, Jacob Eising, and Edith Lammerts van Bueren.