March 20, 2011. By: adminThe new 2009/10 edition of the “World Catalogue of Potato Varieties” is available. The Catalogue now contains more than 4500 potato varieties that are cultivated in over 100 countries world wide. The Catalogue also contains descriptions of about 1900 wild potato accesions from the wild potato collection maintained in the CIP genebank, in trust for the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
That collection consists of representations of 141 species of 187 wild related potato species in the world, found in from southwest USA in the north, to the Chilean and Argentine Andes in the south. The greatest diversity is found in Peru – reflected in the collection where 68 species are from Peru.
Information about each variety is presented in table format complemented by the use of a colour scheme that enables the reader to get a quick overview. The following essential information about every variety is provided:
- Variety name: Including synonym(s)
- - Breeder: Name and contact information
- - Year: Year introduced to the industry
- - Countries where cultivated: Includes countries where it is grown other than the country of origin
- - Maturity: Early to late
- - Tuber shape: Round to oval, graphically indicated as one of 4 possibilities
- - Depth of eyes: Shallow to deep
- - Flesh colour
- - Skin colour
- - Usage: Table, industry, french fries, chips (crisps)
- - Disease resistance
- The content of the Catalogue is organized alphabetically according to variety name, but a separate chapter is also devoted to a listing of varieties in all countries, with a reference to the description of the variety. A further chapter provides contact details of breeders and breeding/research institutes in several countries around the world.
World Catalogue of Potato Varieties 2009/10
[L. Pieterse, U. Hils]
2009, 326 pp., hard cover, size 23,5 cm x 32,5 cm