Publication date:

10 September 2018

Length of book:

328 pages


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing



ISBN-13: 9781786761286

Potatoes are one of the world’s key food crops. Their nutritional value, and the fact that they can be grown with relatively few inputs in a wide range of environments, makes them an important food security crop. However, yields in developing countries are held back by factors such as poor cultivation practices and the impact of pests and diseases, whilst more intensive systems need to become more ‘climate smart’ both to minimise their environmental impact and adapt to climate change.

This volume looks at key research on improving cultivation techniques at each stage in the value chain for potato production. Chapters in Part 1 range from modelling growth to nutrient and irrigation management as well as post-harvest storage. Part 2 reviews advances in understanding and managing fungal, bacterial and viral diseases as well as the management of insect and nematode pests.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for potato scientists, growers, government and non-government agencies supporting potato cultivation. Volume 1 looks at breeding and aspects of quality.

Key features

  • Comprehensive coverage of improvements in cultivation techniques across the potato value chain, from yield modelling to post-harvest storage
  • Detailed review of the main fungal, bacterial and viral diseases affecting potatoes
  • Assesses the environmental impact of potato cultivation

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"Sustainable potato cultivation means simultaneously addressing and resolving a complex set of varied and interlinked context-specific constraints. These books promise to rise to the occasion with a talented cast of authors who span the disciplinary spectrum from genetics, pests and diseases, cropping systems all the way through to nutrition and consumer perspectives."
Graham Thiele, Director - CGIAR Research Program on Roots Tubers and Bananas, led by the International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru