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opsom   9th World Potato Congress: Industry Awards Nominations Now Open
The President of the World Potato Congress (WPC) Mr David Thompson, Canada, and the Chairman of the WPC Industry Awards Committee, Mr Douglas (Doug) Harley, Scotland, have announced that nominations are now being called for the 2015 World Potato Congress Industry Awards.
 
opsom   Cutting emissions and cutting red tape: a new regulation for off-road engines
The European Commission today proposed measures will cut emissions of major air pollutants from engines in non-road mobile machinery and cut the complexity of the legal framework for the sector.
 
opsom   Europatat appoints Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago as new Secretary General
The Board of Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago, as the new Secretary General of the association, with effect as of 1st of October. She will succeed Frédéric Rosseneu who has successfully leaded the association for the last 4 years.
 
opsom   Potato Virus S may break down Phytophthora resistance in potato
Washington State University researchers have discovered that a common potato virus and a fungus-like pathogen can work together to damage the crop. In a study published this summer, scientists found that potato virus S (PVS) breaks down late blight resistance in potato.
 
opsom   Pomuni acquires Potato Masters
The consumption of potatoes is no longer rising and is therefore putting pressure on the potato packers. Scaling-up and offering added value are two obvious methods to maintain or increase market share.
 
opsom   20th Dewulf-potato harvester for Geert Vansteelant
Dewulf, specialist in harvesting technology of potatoes and carrots, give the key of the 20th Dewulf harvester for this season, to the proud owner, Geert Vansteelant. Geert began in 1997 with contract work to harvest potatoes. Today, he still relies on the harvesting technology from Dewulf.
 
opsom   Fungi identified to combat potato cyst nematodes
Around 3,000 farmers work 6,000 hectares in Veracruz, the west coast of Mexico, to grow potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). In recent decades, the fields of the Cofre de Perote area were affected by the presence of the golden nematode of potatoes (Globodera rostochiensis), also known as the yellow potato cyst nematode, a devastating plant pathogen, which reduced crop yields by more than 40 percent, leading to loss of income, loss of food and greater environmental strain due to making up the gap.
 
opsom   Potato Council invites industry to join the Potato Week Celebrations
The dates have been set for Potato Week 2014; running from 6-12 October the campaign will celebrate the humble potato and encourage mums to ‘trade-up' from generic whites to named varieties.
 
opsom   Interpom | Primeurs 2014 virtually fully booked
Interpom | Primeurs 2014, the leading trade fair for the whole of the potato, vegetable and fruit sector in Europe, will be held on Sunday 23 to Tuesday 25 November 2014 in Kortrijk Xpo (Belgium). With two months still to go before the opening, the event is already bigger than last time – and virtually fully booked!
 
opsom   Expectation and needs in research. in innovation and in sustainability for the potato sector (industry)
Presentation by Mr. Erwin WUYTS, Lutosa, Belgium