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Potato Industry

Aphid Monitoring

The role of aphids as vectors of potato viruses is of concern to the Scottish seed potato industry. SASA operates a national network of suction traps collecting information about aphid abundance and movement, and providing advice on the risk of virus transmission and the need for aphid control.

Potato Cyst Nematode

Potato Cyst Nematodes: New Legislation, New Technology

New Legislation

Potato Genotyping

The European Union Common Catalogue (EUCC) for potato contains over 1,000 varieties. Each year member states add varieties to the list after they have undergone Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) testing according to international guidelines. Identification of cultivars by morphological characteristics is a highly skilled and time-consuming task.


Top wilt/ blackleg/ soft rot – Dickeya spp.

The genus Dickeya was previously known as Erwinia chrysanthemi. There are two significant potato pathogens within this genus currently affecting Europe; Dickeya dianthicola and ‘Dickeya solani’. D. dianthicola has never been found on Scottish potatoes. ‘D. solani’ emerged in Europe around 2005-2006. It is highly aggressive on potato, causing rapid wilting and blackleg-like symptoms across wide environmental conditions.

Variety Collections

SASA maintains large collections of varieties for a number of different crops

Vegetables, Swede and Turnip Rape 

Why do we need seed collections?

  1. As a reference collection for Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability Tests 
  2. To use specific varieties or lines as examples of character expression
  3. To check the identity of seed entered for Certification

There are 2 types of seed collection:

Seed Potato Register 2005

The Register of Pre-Basic and Basic Seed Potato Crops 2005

File size: 
420 kb

Seed Potato Register 2006

The Register of Pre-Basic and Basic Seed Potato Crops 2006

File size: 
356 kb

Seed Potato Register 2007

The Register of Pre-Basic and Basic Seed Potato Crops 2007

File size: 
782 kb


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