News Categories

Culinary News (167)
Herbs and Spices (66)
Recipe Ideas (54)
All (880)

Back

Scientists crack secrets of potatoes

Scientists look to make a better potatoe after cracking genetic code

The traditional British spud may soon be used in creative cuisine in some of the world's most impoverished regions as scientists work on new disease-resistant varieties.

Scientists have cracked the full genetic code of the humble potato and plan to use that knowledge to breed better varieties at a faster pace.

"Anything that allows us to link genes with traits now will improve the rate at which we can produce a whole range of varieties by different methods," explained Professor Iain Gordon, of Dundee's James Hutton Institute, which led the project.

"We now understand, in effect, the book of life of the potato, we understand the genes and we can relate that to the traits that the potato has, to improve its productivity and to reduce the impact of pests and pathogens."

Many Faces of Potatoes, an online resource of recipes, suggests that home cooks try their hands at masala curry potatoes, seasoned with cumin, coriander and chilli powder.

Related Products: Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Chili Powder

The news feeds on this site are independently provided by Adfero Limited © and do not represent the views or opinions of McCormick UK Ltd