In the past 15-20 years major discoveries have been concluded on potato biology and biotechnology. Important new tools have been developed in the area of molecular genetics, and our understanding of potato physiology has been revolutionized due to amenability of the potato to genetic transformation. This technology has impacted our understanding of the molecular basis of plant-pathogen interaction and has also opened new opportunities for the use of the potato in a variety of non-food biotechnological purposes.

This book covers the potato world market as it expands further into the new millennium. Authors stress the overriding need for stable yields to eliminate human hunger and poverty, while considering solutions to enhance global production and distribution. It comprehensively describes genetics and genetic resources, plant growth and development, response to the environment, tuber quality, pests and diseases, biotechnology and crop management. Potato Biology is the most valuable reference available for all professionals involved in the potato industry, plant biologists and agronomists.

Key Features

  • Offers an understanding of the social, economic and market factors that influence production and distribution
  • Discusses developments and useful traits in transgenic biology and genetic engineering
  • The first reference entirely devoted to understanding new advances in potato biology and biotechnology


Professionals in potato industry, plant biologists, and agronomists

Table of Contents

I. The markets 1. The fresh potato market Iain McGregor 2. Global markets for processed potato products Michael A. Kirkman 3. The seed potato market Cees D. van Loon II. Genetics and genetic resources 4. Molecular taxonomy Ronald G. van den Berg and Mirjam M.J. Jacobs 5. Molecular markers, maps and population genetics Christiane Gebhardt 6. Genetics of morphological and tuber traits Herman J. van Eck 7. Genetics of resistance to pests and disease Ivan Simko, Shelley Jansky, Sarah Stephenson and David Spooner 8. Potato breeding strategy John E. Bradshaw 9. Genomics Glenn J. Bryan 10. Potato cytogenetics Tatjana Gavrilenko III. Plant growth and development 11. Above-ground and below-ground plant development Paul C. Struik 12. Signalling the induction of tuber formation David J. Hannapel 13. Photosynthesis, carbohydrate metabolism and source-sink relations Daniel Hofius and Frederik A. J. Börnke 14. Dormancy and sprouting Jeffrey C. Suttle 15. Molecular physiology of the mineral nutrition of the potato Marcel Bucher and Jens Kossmann IV. Responses to the environment 16. Water availability and potato crop performance Jan Vos and Anton J. Haverkort 17. Potato crop response to radiation and daylength A.J. Haverkort


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