Potato genome set to revolutionise breeding and ensure food security

BBSRC (July 10, 2011) | UK scientists, as part of an international consortium, have sequenced the genome of potato – the first major UK crop plant to be fully sequenced. This news holds great promise for speeding up the traditionally time-consuming process of developing new varieties (currently 10-12 years to breed a new variety); varieties that in many cases will help to ensure future food security due to improved yield, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to pests and diseases.