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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2016

Overview and Breeding Strategies of Table Potato Production in Sweden and the Fennoscandian Region

Eriksson, Dennis; Carlson-Nilsson, Ulrika; Ortiz Rios, Rodomiro Octavio; Andreasson, Erik

Abstract

Recent reductions in the public commitment to potato breeding in Sweden, Norway and Finland call for an evaluation of the current situation regarding the commercial basis for, and structure of, potato breeding in these countries. We here review the extent of cultivation, processing and consumption of table potato in Sweden, as well as provide an overview of the potato breeding tools and programmes in the three countries. We then discuss various strategies to provide long-term stability and increase the impact of public potato breeding, based on the similar overall conditions for potato cultivation across the Fennoscandian region. The conclusions are twofold; first, an increased long-term funding of the public potato breeding programmes is necessary to maintain a minimum level of material, and second, a coordination of the breeding activities in the Fennoscandian region would be of great benefit to all involved stakeholders and allow an enhancement of the current national breeding programmes. In addition, we propose a minimum first field year population size for potato breeding.

Keywords

Breeding; Breeding strategy; Breeding target; Fennoscandia; Potato

Published in

Potato Research
2016, volume: 59, number: 3, pages: 279-294

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Protection Biology

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science
Genetics and Breeding
Plant Biotechnology

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11540-016-9328-6

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/77657