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The potato: botany, production and uses.

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A gradual increase in global potato production will help address future food supply and nutrition issues, especially when combined with modern breeding techniques. The major focus of many potato breeding programmes is to improve yield and quality while using fewer production resources, such as water, fertilizer, and land, than current varieties. These programmes are also focused on identifying varieties with resistance to major diseases and insect pests in order to reduce the need for pesticides, thereby maintaining or improving the health of the environment. Advances in marker-assisted selection, gene mapping, and genomics have allowed breeders to identify desirable and undesirable traits in new cultivars more quickly; improving the chances of finding superior varieties while reducing the time it takes to get them to market. In conjunction with modern breeding efforts, the industry is continuously improving production, storage, processing, and marketing operations to offer consumers high-quality, nutritious potatoes year-round. This book discusses many of these items and explains the origin of the domesticated potato, its uses, nutritional contributions, production, storage and markets, plant anatomy, physiology and development, pest identification and management, and traditional and biotechnological cultivar development techniques. By incorporating intensive literature review with the applied expertise of the authors, this book is designed to educate and enlighten consumers, students, growers, industry personnel, and the scientific community.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) A history of the potato. Author(s): Brown, C. R. Henfling, J. W.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 12) Taxonomy. Author(s): Berg, R. G. van den Groendijk-Wilders, N.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 29) Potato utilization and markets. Author(s): Bond, J. K.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 45) Tuber development. Author(s): Kloosterman, B. Bachem, C.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 64) Plant growth and development. Author(s): Wohleb, C. H. Knowles, N. R. Pavek, M. J.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 83) Commercial potato production and cultural management. Author(s): Pavek, M. J.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 103) Plant-water relations and irrigation management of potato. Author(s): Levy, D. Coleman, W. K.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 115) Seed potato production. Author(s): Davidson, R. D. Xie, K. Y.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 133) Insect pests of potato. Author(s): Waters, T. D. Jensen, A. S.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 148) Plant parasitic nematodes of potato. Author(s): Palomares-Rius, J. E. Oliveira, C. M. G. Blok, V. C.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 167) Fungal and bacterial disease aspects in potato production. Author(s): Kirk, W. W. Wharton, P. S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 202) Virus disease problems facing potato industries worldwide: viruses found, climate change implications, rationalizing virus strain nomenclature, and addressing the Potato virus Y issue. Author(s): Jones, R. A. C.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 225) Weed control strategies for potato (Solanum tuberosum). Author(s): Burke, I. C. Everman, W. J.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 237) Tuber physiological disorders. Author(s): Mikitzel, L.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 255) Postharvest storage and physiology. Author(s): Bethke, P. C.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 272) Traditional breeding and cultivar development. Author(s): Novy, R.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 290) Molecular breeding of potato in the postgenomic era. Author(s): Veilleux, R. E. Boluarte-Medina, T.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 310) Nutritional characteristics of potatoes. Author(s): Navarre, D. Goyer, A. Payyavula, R. Hellmann, H.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 345) Potato flavor. Author(s): Taylor, M. A.