Sharing with Wallonia

James Hutton Limited received a second international delegation of potato industry professionals in as many weeks to the James Hutton Institute last week, this time from Belgium. 

The group of 25 potato seed growers are members of FIWAP, a non-profit organisation responsible for the promotion and improvement of potatoes and seed potatoes in the southern Belgian area of Wallonia.  Similar to the German visitors that James Hutton Limited welcomed a fortnight ago, the delegates were on a fact finding mission to gain a close up understanding of the Scottish potato seed and exporting industries, hearing directly from their Scottish counterparts.

James Hutton Limited Commercial Director, Dr Jonathan Snape, said, “We host a number of visitors from all over the world every year which gives us an opportunity to share and exchange knowledge and ideas with a huge variety of interest groups.  The James Hutton Institute is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for potato research and James Hutton Limited manages some of the largest, commercially funded, potato breeding programmes in the UK, so we do have a lot to offer visitors with an interest in the science that supports a successful potato industry.  I certainly hope our visitors from FIWAP enjoyed their time here at our Dundee site which showcased some very inspiring studies.”

Highlights of the visit included a presentation on the Commonwealth Potato Collection, the UK’s genebank of landrace and wild potatoes, an overview of commercial potato breeding programmes at James Hutton Limited, an introduction to the newly launched ‘PotatoSize App’ and seminars on the research and studies of potato pathology and potato genetics being conducted by James Hutton Institute scientists.

While in the local area, the Belgian group also visited GenTech propagation in the city’s Technology Park to view potato mini tuber production facilities and enjoyed a farm visit to view potato seed export storage and packing facilities at Greenvale AP Scotland, Blairgowrie. 

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