Frost-Resistant Potato Variety Introduced in Peru

A trio of scientists has developed a new, frost-resistant potato variety meant to help Peruvian farmers contend with difficult growing conditions caused by climate change.

A research group from the University of Wisconsin-Madison worked closely with scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP), the Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria (INIA) and farmers to develop the new variety called Wiñay (meaning “to grow”). The frost-resistant potato is long and thin with brown skin and yellow flesh and is grown for the fresh market. It was developed to be cultivated in Peru’s Altiplano at elevations of up to 14,000 feet above sea level.

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