CIP publishes advanced clones and varieties virtual catalogue

Directed at national research programs, universities, producers associations and private companies, the catalogue is an important resource for any researcher or institution interested in obtaining candidate varieties of potato with biotic resistance (to pest and disease), high yield, and potential for both fresh consumption or processing.

The catalogue’s design resembles that of an online shopping site. Users can search in two ways: by variety name or clone number, or by selection criteria (morphology, pest and disease resistance, agronomical characteristics, etc.). Both options will give the user information on technical characteristics, worldwide distribution area, and postharvest performance features, as well as illustrations of the plant, tuber, and flowers.

Clicking on the shopping cart icon assigned to each entry will generate an order request for that clone or variety. Once you have completed your desired selection, the system will request additional information. A specialist from the Center’s Acquisition and Distribution Unit will then get back to you in order to complete the necessary documentation to send the order.

“The clones in the catalogue contain sources of resistance to late blight and potato viruses and disease. They are the result of years of research and selection aimed at creating new varieties in different agro-ecological environments. Some have already been tested in specific regions and conditions,” says Stef De Haan, Coordinator for Red LatinPapa (Ibero- American Network for Innovation in Potato Breeding and Dissemination).

Red LatinPapa is a partner of CIP in this initiative. This third update of the catalogue takes full advantage of the latest technological advances. The site is available in three languages: English, Spanish and Chinese. “The decision to translate into Chinese was made bearing in mind that China is the world’s largest producer of potatoes, and that CIP will very shortly have a headquarters for Asia and the Pacific there. The translation was made possible thanks to the collaboration of Chinese student Li Qingquan, from the Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Science, who trained in breeding for more than a year at CIP”, said De Haan.

The catalogue also comes as a free DVD for users in countries or locations across the developing world where there may be Internet connection problems,

For more information on clones and/or varieties, please contact CIP’s Acquisition and Distribution Unit. (

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