Michigan Potato Industry Research Priorities

Adopted August 6, 2015


  • Improving soil quality and health in potato management systems with emphasis on beneficial soil microbial activity, fertility and organic amendments
  • Genetic improvement through variety development and trials for traits to improve
    • Storage management
    • Commercialization
    • Resistance to Colorado Potato Beetle and other insects
    • Reduced invertase levels to address acrylamide
    • Consumer taste preference
    • Integrated management of soil, seed and foliar borne diseases to reduce vine and tuber rotting in potatoes, in particular addressing late blight and emerging new diseases
    • Improved resource use efficiency and sustainability in modern potato production (water, phosphorus and nitrogen)
    • Monitoring and managing insecticide resistance of Colorado Potato Beetle and other emerging pests
      • Developing alternative managing strategies for current controls
      • Post-harvest handling of potatoes (storage issues including new sprout inhibitor development and controlling storage pathogens)
      • Improve the use of weather data to better understand abiotic and biotic stress that takes place in potato production systems
      • Investigate the factors that influence stem number and tuber set in potato.  These factor include, but are not limited to: ethylene exposure, application of growth hormones, any factors influencing physiological age, thermal time and storage practices that may alter seed age
      • Development of new weed control management strategies in potato, including vine descants, volunteer and invasive species


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