This week the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium published the genome of the humble potato in the international journal Nature.
The Consortium is a collection of academic and industrial research groups – including New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research – which over the last 5 years has been working to unravel the DNA blueprint of the potato. In completing the genome, they pave the way for faster development of new breeds of potato. The knowledge of the potato’s genetic makeup will help to create new strains with better yields, resistance to disease and more nutritional benefits.
The publishing of the genome also received attention here in New Zealand:
National Radio: NZ scientists help crack genetic code of the potato
New Zealand Herald: NZ helps peel off potato’s genome