Innovate UK funds three-year programme to study regenerative potato commercialisation.

The TRIP programme is dedicated to exploring innovative regenerative approaches aimed at revitalising farm soil organic matter. Additionally, it focuses on finding solutions to tackle the environmental challenge posed by greenhouse gas emissions in the UK’s potato farming industry, with a particular emphasis on reducing the notable levels of CO2 and N2O emissions.

Large-scale commercial potato crops require intensive soil cultivation to prepare the seedbed and typically require levels of inputs (fertilisers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides) in order to produce crops that meet commercial quality and tonnage requirements.

Conventional potato production’s current carbon footprint comprises: fertilisers (55%, including N2O emissions from soil application of nitrogen fertiliser), storage energy (29%), seed (9%) and transport (5%).


Encouraging healthy rooting in Potatoes

Encouraging healthy rooting in Potatoes

In this era of drone and precision technologies one of the most important inspection tools in the armoury is still the humble spade! When was the last time you dug down to see the result of your cultivations or, more importantly, before you culti- vated? So when is it...

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