Potato Research

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 241–242 | Cite as

Storage of true seeds of potatoes for 25 years

  • H. W. Howard
Short Communication


Three samples of seeds stored in sealed glass tubes and kept at +5°C have retained their viability for 25 years. Two other samples, however, had a low germination percentage, particularly 26 year old seed which had been kept at room temperature for about 11/2 years before being placed at 5°C.

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low temperature 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. W. Howard
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Breeding InstituteCambridgeEngland

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