Artisanal Colored Potato

Artisanal Colored Potato

The genebank at the International Potato Center (CIP) conserves, characterizes, and distributes wild and cultivated potato germplasm. As of June 2019, 4442 accessions classified as potato landraces were maintained in the genebank. In this subset, 19 potato landraces with high tuber flesh pigmentation were selected and are available on request for research, training, and breeding.

As part of the characterization process of the CIP germplasm collection, around 20% of potatoes has pigmented flesh color. In general, the pigmentation is due to carotene and anthocyanin produced in the tubers, compounds frequently associated with more nutritional value and antioxidant activity for consumption in human diets. Thus, the consumption of these tubers could improve nutrition and benefit health of consumers.

The CIP germplam collection is a global public good. All materials are distributed to requestors with acceptance of a Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) for use in research, training, and breeding

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