The potato industry’s leading magazine Potatoes Australia has returned and will be reaching mailboxes this week. The 40-page Autumn 2021 edition features the latest in Australian R&D activities as well as updates from key stakeholders.

On the cover is potato grower Kerri-Ann Lamb from Killarney, Queensland. Kerri-Ann was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship that investigated how potato farmers across the globe are responding to the challenges of a changing industry, and we provide a summary of her project along with its findings.

In this edition, we take a look at blackleg – the major cause of potato seed downgrading and rejections in northern Europe – and how we can manage blackleg in Australian potato crops. Meanwhile, Professor Richard Falloon from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited provides a wrap-up of a three-year project focusing on powdery scab and its pathogen.

Potatoes Australia – Autumn 2021 features an update on a cross-industry horticulture project that has the potential to reduce quarantine testing lag times, and there is also an update on PREDICTA Pt, a DNA-based soil testing service that allows growers to assess the level of soil-borne pathogens in a paddock prior to planting.

We also introduce readers to a biosecurity surveillance roadmap for the potato industry, which was released in early March 2021 by Plant Health Australia in partnership with AUSVEG.

This is only a small sample of what is in Potatoes Australia – Autumn 2021. AUSVEG would like to thank its content partners for this edition: Syngenta and Vin Rowe.

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