​​Maximizing Seed Performance: Wound Healing and Disease Management

December 2009 | 21 min., 33 sec.
by Phil Nolte
University of Idaho


​This presentation will help consultants, growers, practitioners, and allied industries in all regions that produce potatoes to better understand and manage some of the risks associated with the use of cut potato seed. The presentation discusses vegetative propagation, the importance of certified seed, the processes of suberization and wound periderm formation, the effect of temperature and other environmental factors on potato emergence, and the interaction between dry rot and soft rot seed decay and provides guidelines on how to properly heal cut seed before planting.

About the Presenter

Phil NoltePhil Nolte has worked on potato and seed potato problems since 1979. He became the Extension Seed Potato Specialist for the University of Idaho at the District IV Extension office in Idaho Falls in June of 1991. Nolte’s program focuses on seed potatoes but also includes seed-related problems in commercial production and general potato disease diagnosis and management. Recent research includes work on the potato mosaic virus complex (PVY & PVA), management of potato late blight, fungicide resistance studies in Fusarium dry rot, and the effect of chemical application on wound healing (suberization) in cut seed.​

Contact Information:
Email: pnolte@uidaho.edu


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