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Spirit Newsletter nº13 / December 2016

Dear Spirit Forum member,

This year we have published 264 new documents, 48 events and 108 pieces of news in the the Spirit portal. Especially, a set of four guidelines to promote the adoption of innovative technologies and best practices along the potato value chains in East Africa.

Moreover, the Spirit Team has launched four research groups focused on different research topics related to the potato value chain, with the main aim of putting in contact relevant researchers working in the same fields in order to allow sharing knowledge and experiences and promoting the preparation of new scientific papers, research proposals, etc.

Besides, new topics have been added to our LinkedIn group this year. Check out and join at East Africa Potato Value Chain!

We would like to thank you all for being part of the East Africa Potato Value Chain Knowledge Sharing Portal.

Our best wishes to you for a Merry Christmas and prosperous new year!

Kind regards,

The Spirit Project Coordination Group

RESOURCES

Diversity of potato genetic resources
December 21 2016 by INKOA

A considerable number of highly diverse species exist in genus Solanum. Because they can adapt to a broad range of habitats, potato wild relatives are promising sources of desirable agricultural traits. Potato taxonomy is quite complex because of introgression, interspecific hybridization, auto- and allopolyploidy, sexual compatibility among many species, a mixture of sexual and asexual reproduction, possible recent species divergence, phenotypic plasticity, and the consequent high morphological similarity among species. Recent researchers using molecular tools have contributed to the identification of genes controlling several types of resistance as well as to the revision of taxonomical relationships among potato species. 

The effect of packaging material and storage period on microwave-dried potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) cubes
December 21 2016 by INKOA

The effect of three packaging materials (transparent biaxially oriented polypropylene laminate (BOPP); semitransparent BOPP; polyethylene-polyamide (PE-PA) laminate) in three packaging conditions (vacuum, N2, natural atmosphere) and in two temperature treatments (blanching in hot water; steam) on microwave-dried potato (Solanum tuberosum L.; Solanaceae) cubes was studied. After storage for 60 and 120 days, the amount of ascorbic acid (AA), shrinkage and rehydration were determined.

Validation of candidate gene markers for marker-assisted selection of potato cultivars with improved tuber quality
December 21 2016 by INKOA

Tuber yield, starch content, starch yield and chip color are complex traits that are important for industrial uses and food processing of potato. Chip color depends on the quantity of reducing sugars glucose and fructose in the tubers, which are generated by starch degradation. Reducing sugars accumulate when tubers are stored at low temperatures. Early and efficient selection of cultivars with superior yield, starch yield and chip color is hampered by the fact that reliable phenotypic selection requires multiple year and location trials. Application of DNA-based markers early in the breeding cycle, which are diagnostic for superior alleles of genes that control natural variation of tuber quality, will reduce the number of clones to be evaluated in field trials.

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NEWS

EVENTS

Recommendations for East African policy makers to promote innovation along potato value chains

December 19 2016

The  SPIRIT Project  has published a set of brochures for promoting the adoption of innovation along the potato value chains in East Africa. The brochures are aimed at providing Kenyan, Tanzanian, Rwandan and Ugandan policy makers with recommendations for fostering the adoption of innovations along the potato value chain through modifications in existing policies, regulations and standards.

SPIRIT Project guidelines on innovative technologies and best practices have been released

December 16 2016

The  SPIRIT Project  has published a set of guidelines to promote the adoption of innovative technologies and best practices along the potato value chains in East Africa.

SPIRIT Project launches four research groups focused on the potato value chain

November 30 2016

The SPIRIT Project has created four research groups focused on different research topics related to the potato value chain.

The main aim of the research groups is to put in contact relevant researchers working in the same fields in order to share knowledge and experiences and to promote the preparation of new scientific papers, research proposals, etc.

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First AfriAlliance Conference

From 22/03/2017 to 24/03/2017 — Ekurhuleni, South Africa

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and the LoCS4 Africa Congress - organized by ICLEI - will be hosting the inaugural launch Conference of AfriAlliance, taking place from 22 to 24 March, 2017. The Conference and Congress will run in parallel.

How to enhance capacity to transform science into policy and practice in the field of food security

From 22/01/2017 to 28/01/2017 — Nairobi, Kenya

The Agriculture for Food Security 2030 (AgriFoSe2030) programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will conduct a training course for African young researchers on effective research-to-policy communication for agricultural development. The course is a collaboration between AgriFoSe2030 and The Gothenburg Center for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.

Potato Expo 2017

From 04/01/2017 to 06/01/2017 — San Francisco , California

The premier conference and trade show for the potato industry is coming to San Francisco! Potato Expo 2017 features energizing networking events with key decision makers and international industry leaders, plus the latest practical business solutions and innovations.

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