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%).