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USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Offers Potato Breeding Research

The purpose of this grant program is to support potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. As used herein, varietal development and testing is research using conventional breeding and/or biotechnological genetics to develop improved potato varieties. Aspects of evaluation, screening and testing must support variety development.

NIFA is soliciting applications for FY2017 Potato Breeding Research program that address one or more of the following research areas that will produce outcomes important to the U.S. potato industry:

  1. Superior performing varieties developed with resistance to established and emerging pests and diseases including but not limited to potato virus Y, damaging nematodes, the late and early blight pathogen, white mold, powdery scab, storage rot diseases, PMTV, and Dickeya that limit sustained production, profitability, and market competitiveness;
  1. Improved water and nutrient use efficiency traits for varieties that result in decreased demand for irrigation and fertilizer applications, while maintaining desired yield and quality;
  1. Desirable yield, storability, consumer, and other value-added quality traits are identified and developed for use in new potato varieties; or
  1. High throughput methods developed for rapidly selecting traits, specifically for developing new superior-performing varieties and bringing them to market as soon as possible.

Deadline: March 1, 2017