​​​Early Generation Seed Potato Production

January 2013 | 14 min., 18 sec.
by Amy Charkowski
University of Wisconsin-Madison


​This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners understand the fundamentals of early generation seed potato production, from tissue culture to minituber production. Early generation potato production relies on the development of disease-free tissue culture plantlet banks and the careful production of minitubers, which includes close monitoring of the crop for pests, diseases, and variety mixtures. By the end of the presentation, viewers should understand the process of producing a large crop of potato tubers from a single disease-tested tissue culture plantlet and should be able to use this knowledge to help evaluate the health of a seed potato crop.

About the Presenter

Amy CharkowskiAmy Charkowski received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. She received her PhD in plant pathology at Cornell University and then worked for nearly 3 years in a USDA Agricultural Research Service food safety research unit studying bacterial contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables. She returned to UW Madison in 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and was promoted to associate professor in 2008. For the past several years, her lab has focused on the ecology and genetics of soft rot bacterial pathogens and seed potato production challenges. Recently, her group has initiated projects focused on production of organic seed potatoes and control of Potato virus Y.

Contact Information:
Email: acharkowski@wisc.edu


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