Jan 19, 2017
NIFA awards $1.85M for potato breeding research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made $1.85 million in funding available for regional potato breeding research to support the development of superior-performing varieties that can be brought to market as soon as possible. The United States is one of the top potato producers worldwide, and industry sales estimates topped $3.6 billion in 2015, according to USDA.

The Potato Breeding Program is part of NIFA’s Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics Programs. This request for applications (RFA) seeks regional projects with the potential to rapidly develop potato varieties that have high commercial value.

Eligible applicants include state agricultural experiment stations, land-grant colleges and universities, research foundations established by land-grant colleges and universities, accredited schools or colleges of veterinary medicine and certain other colleges and universities. Research topics should achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Superior performing varieties developed with resistance to established and emerging pests that limit sustained production, profitability and market competitiveness;
  • Improved water and nutrient use efficiency traits for varieties that result in decreased demand for irrigation and fertilizer applications while maintaining desired yield and quality performance;
  • Desirable yield, storability, consumer and other value-added quality traits identified and developed for incorporation in new potato varieties; or
  • High throughput methods developed for rapidly selecting traits, specifically for developing new, superior-performing varieties and bringing them to market as soon as possible.

New in this year’s RFA, applicants will be expected to report information on the readiness status of new traits, advanced lines, and varieties developed through this program for use by breeders, potato seed certifying agencies or distributors, growers, processors or other production system or end-product supply chain participants. The Potato Breeding Research program also encourages projects to develop content and programs to share through the Cooperative Extension System’s eXtension initiative, an online training resource for extension and other professionals who help bring the latest research to use by the agricultural workforce.

The deadline for Potato Breeding research is March 28.

See the request for applications on the NIFA Potato Breeding Research web page for more information.

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