Research

18 July 2019

Signet’s National Terminal Sire Breeding Evaluation is a multi-breed analysis that identifies the most profitable sheep for commercial lamb production.

21 May 2019

We invest in a broad range of research activities. This review covers the investment made by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and AHDB Potatoes.

7 November 2018

Researching the the agronomic, physiological and biochemical factors which influence skin adhesion, skin strength the speed of skin set, and problems associated with poor skin quality, primarily through netting and loss of bloom.

7 November 2018

Determining if DNA-based diagnostics can be developed for Polyscytalum pustulans and can be used to identify stocks with a high risk of developing skin spot.

7 November 2018

Blackheart is a physiological disorder resulting in necrosis and cavitation of central tissues of potatoes. It does not occur in crops from the field and is therefore a particular problem for GB where a large proportion of the crop is marketed from store. Blackheart is a particular problem for the fresh potato industry because QC procedures cannot adequately control the defect which is undermining consumer confidence. Blackheart is estimated to account for 25-30% of consumer complaints.

7 November 2018

There are numerous pathogens which damage potato seed health, with significant economic and agronomic consequences. Seed disease impacts greatly on potential markets whereas an established reputation for healthy seed enables new business opportunities to be exploited.

7 November 2018

Skin spot is caused by the fungus Polyscytalum pustulans. Currently, AHDB Potatoes funds work to evaluate the susceptibility of new varieties to skin spot, as part of its Independent Variety Trials (IVT) programme.

7 November 2018

Storage diseases of potatoes cause major losses each year for the industry. Diseased potatoes and in particular those associated with bacterial soft rots release specific volatile compounds which if recognised would allow early detection and diagnosis, enabling store managers to initiate preventative measures. Early detection of Pectobacterium carotovorum in store is therefore extremely desirable if the disease is to be controlled and contained.