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

  • Potato virus Y tuber necrosis strain (PVYNTN) causes a serious disease of potatoes called potato tuber necrotic ringspot disease which results in dark unsightly rings on tubers.

  • Potato virus Y (PVY) is an aphid-borne virus that causes yield losses and tuber quality defects in commercial potato crops.

  •  Potato spindle tuber viroid can reduce crop yields in potatoes and tomatoes. Use certified disease-free planting material and destroy infected plant material.