Potatoes

Potatoes are the world’s fourth most important food crop. They are vital to Western Australia being:

  • the second highest value vegetable crop after carrots, with a farm gate value of $54 million
  • the second highest value-adding horticulture industry after wine, amounting to $177 million through the value chain
  • a nutritious fresh vegetable, available all year round
  • raw material for French fry processing
  • outside revenue earner mostly from seed potatoes.

Articles

  • Late blight (Phytophthora infestans) is considered the most devastating disease of potatoes worldwide and caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s.

  • Fusarium dry rot can cause breakdown of potatoes in storage as well as breakdown of seed pieces after planting. Worldwide, it is one of the most important postharvest diseases of potatoes.