ECPGR Potato Working Group

Chair: Nomination pending

Working Group activities and related events

October 2014

The AEGIS Competitive Grant project ‘Identification of old potato clones having unreliable variety names by means of fingerprinting using microsatellite (SSR) markers to assist in setting up the AEGIS collection for potato cultivars’ has been finalized and its report placed on the AEGIS Grant Scheme webpage.

The aim of the project was to use microsatellite genotyping to assist in setting up the AEGIS collection for potato cultivars by means of fingerprinting old potato clones with questionable identity, to confirm or correct their cultivar names. Out of approximately 9,000 Solanum tuberosum accessions included in EURISCO a total of 379 accessions from eight countries were genotyped with 12 SSR markers. Three recommendations had been made, including the use 9 out of the 12 markers that had been used in the AEGIS study and thus to contribute to the establishment of a central SSR-fingerprint database.  Link to the AEGIS Potato Project webpage

Previous events [link to ECPGR archive]

Working Group operative documents

Background information

Potato varieties (Photo: R. Vogel)

The ECPGR Potato Working Group was established in 1998, following a request submitted by the coordinator of the EU project RESGEN - CT95 - 34/45 on "Genetic resources of potato, including conservation, characterization and utilization of secondary potato varieties for ecological production systems in Europe".  The goals proposed for the Working Group consist in coordination and extension of potato genetic resources conservation activities initiated by the EU project:

  • Further development of the central databases on potato varieties and on wild potatoes
  • Improvement of health status of potato genetic resources
  • Characterization/evaluation of potential genetic resources for quality traits and resistance against pests and diseases
  • Rationalization of potato collections included in the Network
  • Sharing of material and results

The Working Group met for the first time in Wageningen, The Netherlands in March 2000, jointly with the final meeting of the EU project.