Amateur Potato Breeder’s Manual. Page 3
new scientific discoveries was to convert many crop scientists to
(i.e., differences in kind) assessments of these parameters. This has proved a tragic mistake. Readers wanting toknow more about this topic should see
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One hundred years of advertising by the seed potatoindustry have convinced farmers that they should buy new seedtubers for every potato crop. This is in order to controltuber-bornediseases, and particularly virus diseases. And a comparable period
of advertising by the chemical industry has convinced farmers, tosay nothing of crop scientists, that the best way to control potato pests and diseases is to spray every potato crop, repeatedly, withvariouscrop protection chemicals.It is in the interests of both these industries that modern potato cultivars should be susceptible, so that farmers
certified seed, and they
crop protection chemicals. I do notsuggest a conspiracy. Things just happened to develop this way.But, neither of these industries is keen to change. With sufficientlyresistant cultivars, however, farmers should need neither certifiedseed, nor crop protection chemicals, and this level of resistanceshould be the broad objective of amateur potato breeders.