​​Seed Potato Certification

August 2017 | 26 min., 37 sec.
by Robert D. Davidson
Colorado State University


​This presentation will help consultants, growers and other practitioners in the U.S. and Canada learn about the basics of seed potato certification. Specifically, in this presentation, the basis for seed potato certification and the current process being followed will be described. Additionally, discussion will center on which diseases and conditions are the focus of inspections and how these problems are managed, or not, through the use of clean, high quality seed potatoes. Finally, viewers will learn the certification process and what the use of clean seed means for other seed growers and the commercial industry.

About the Presenter

Robert D. DavidsonRobert D. Davidson received his two BS degrees (Microbiology and Botany) and his MS degree (Plant Pathology) from Montana State University in 1975, 1979, and 1982, respectively, and his PhD degree in Plant Pathology from Colorado State University in 1994. Dr. Davidson was part of the faculty at Montana State University until 1982, at which time he joined the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University as the Extension Seed Potato Speci​​alist. From 1982 until 1989, he was Assistant Manager of the Colorado Potato Certification Service. In 1989, he became Manager of the certified seed program in Colorado and served in that capacity until 2003. He currently has statewide responsibilities for the potato industry in Colorado as a Plant Pathologist, is the Manager of the CSU San Luis Valley Research Center in Center, CO, and is the Interim Director of Extension for the six counties in the San Luis Valley. He has a half-time appointment in research through the Ag Experiment Station and focuses his research on potato diseases, production management, and seed potato production. Most of his work has been to develop comprehensive management strategies for the primary disease issues facing the Colorado potato industry and to work with certified seed producers to assist them in production of the highest-quality, lowest-disease-content certified seed possible.

Contact Information:
Email: robert.davidson@colostate.edu


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