Michigan Potato Industry Research Priorities
Updated Aug. 6, 2020
- Development of alternative management and detection methods for emerging issues, currently:
- Dickeya dianthicola
- Potato virus Y (PVY)
- Mop Top Virus vectored by Powdery Scab
- Improving soil quality and health in potato management systems with emphasis on beneficial soil microbial activity, fertility, cover crops and organic amendments.
- Genetic improvement through variety development and trials for traits to improve:
- Storage management.
- Resistance to Colorado Potato Beetle and other insects and diseases.
- Reduced invertase levels to address acrylamide.
- Consumer taste preference.
- Size profile.
- Integrated management of soil, seed and foliar borne diseases to reduce vine and tuber rotting in potatoes, in particular addressing late blight and emerging new diseases.
- Improved resource use efficiency and sustainability in modern potato production (water, phosphorus, nitrogen and calcium).
- Development of new weed control management strategies in potato to address resistance, volunteers, variety herbicide sensitivity and invasive species.
- Monitoring and managing insecticide resistance of Colorado Potato Beetle and other emerging pests.
- Developing alternative managing strategies for current controls.
- Post-harvest handling of potatoes (controlling storage pathogens and storage issues, including new sprout inhibitor development).
- Improve the use of technology to better understand abiotic and biotic stress to increase resilience in potato production systems.
- Investigate the factors that influence stem number and tuber set in potato. These factors include, but are not limited to: ethylene exposure, application of growth hormones, any factors influencing physiological age, thermal time and storage practices that may alter seed age.