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Effect of pre-planting temperature and light treatments of seed tubers on potato yield and tuber size distribution

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From 1985 to 1987 field experiments were caried out to test the influence of different pre-planting storage treatments on yield and size distribution of potato crops. The storage treatments included 4, 8 and 12°C in the light and in the dark, for different periods before planting. Subjecting the seed tubers to light at low temperatures induced crops to produce a larger proportion of smaller sized tubers while storing seed tubers at higher temperatures in the dark led to an increase of tubers >55 mm. These observations were confirmed in five field experiments with two cultivars at two sites and in three growing seasons.

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Haverkort, A.J., Van De Waart, M. & Bodlaender, K.B.A. Effect of pre-planting temperature and light treatments of seed tubers on potato yield and tuber size distribution. Potato Res 33, 77–88 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02358132

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