American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 75, Issue 1, pp 3–17 | Cite as

Solanum sect. petota in Guatemala; Taxonomy and genetic resources

  • David M. Spooner
  • Roel Hoekstra
  • Ronald G. Van den Berg
  • Vincente Martínez


There are five wild potato species in Guatemala:Solanum agrimonifolium,S. bulbocastanum,S. clarum,S. demissum, andS. morelliforme. We conducted a collecting expedition there from September 11 to November 5, 1995. The goals of the expedition were to gather field data for taxonomic studies of the five species of Guatemalan wild potatoes and to collect potato germplasm. Our 43 true seed collections nearly quadruple the available wild potato germplasm for Guatemala, provide germplasm from most previously known localities, and add new ones. We provide a systematic treatment of Guatemalan wild potatoes, geographic and logistical data for collecting wild potatoes in Guatemala, statistics on human population growth and deforestation to help explain decline of wild potato populations, recommend areas for future collecting, and suggest two areas as in-situ reserves for wild potatoes

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Collecting expedition germplasm potatoes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Spooner
    • 1
  • Roel Hoekstra
    • 2
  • Ronald G. Van den Berg
    • 3
  • Vincente Martínez
    • 4
  1. 1.USDA, ARS, Department of HorticultureUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research (CPRO-DLO/CGN)Centre for Genetic Resources The Netherlands (CGN)WageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Plant TaxonomyWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Instituto de Cienda y Tecnologia Agricolas (ICTA)BárcenasGuatemala

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