American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 95, Issue 2, pp 130–138 | Cite as

Losses during Storage of Potato Varieties in Relation to Weather Conditions during the Vegetation Period and Temperatures during Long-Term Storage

  • Grudzińska Magdalena
  • Mańkowski Dariusz


Degradation of harvested tubers due to water loss, sprouting, and disease can cause severe economic difficulties in the cultivation of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). This study evaluated the storage losses of new varieties of potato and determined the sprouting dates of potatoes stored at different temperatures. Additionally, this study evaluated the influence of weather conditions during the vegetative growth period on the date of sprouting in storage. After storage at three different temperatures (3, 5, and 8 °C), we estimated natural losses and losses caused by sprouting or the development of disease. The potato varieties stored at 3 °C, and 5 °C had similar weight losses (8.8% and 9.3%, respectively), but the potatoes stored at 8 °C had higher losses (10.8%). The average potato losses caused by disease ranged from 0.6% to 10%. The onset of sprouting of potatoes stored at 8 °C depended on the variety and began in the 20 day of December. Storage at 5 °C delayed sprouting by about 50 days compared with storage at 8 °C. Weather conditions (hot and rainy) during vegetative growth of the plants also influenced sprouting date, natural losses, and the amount of disease during storage. Our data showed a significant correlation between the hydrothermal coefficient during the vegetative period and the date of sprouting of potatoes during storage.


Temperature Weight losses Potato Storage Weather condition Sprouting 


La degradación de tubérculos cosechados debida a la pérdida de agua, brotación y enfermedad, puede causar dificultades económicas severas en el cultivo de papa (Solanum tuberosum). Este estudio evaluó las pérdidas de almacén de nuevas variedades de papa y determinó las fechas de brotación de papas almacenadas a diferentes temperaturas. Además, se evaluó la influencia de las condiciones meteorológicas durante el período del crecimiento vegetativo respecto a la fecha de brote en el almacén. Después del almacenamiento a tres diferentes temperaturas (3, 5 y 8 °C), estimamos las pérdidas naturales y las pérdidas causadas por brotación en el desarrollo de la enfermedad. Las variedades de papa almacenadas a 3 °C y 5 °C tuvieron pérdidas de peso similares (8.8% y 9.3%, respectivamente), pero las papas almacenadas a 8 °C tuvieron pérdidas más altas (10.8%). El porcentaje de pérdida de papa causada por enfermedades fluctuó de 0.6% a 10%. El establecimiento de la brotación en papas almacenadas a 8 °C dependió de la variedad y empezó el 20 de diciembre. El almacenamiento a 5 °C retrasó la brotación en cerca de 50 días en comparación con el almacenamiento a 8 °C. Las condiciones meteorológicas (calor y lluvia) durante el crecimiento vegetativo de las plantas también influenció la fecha de brotación, las pérdidas naturales y la cantidad de enfermedad durante el almacenamiento. Nuestros datos mostraron una correlación significativa entre el coeficiente hidrotémico durante el período vegetativo y la fecha de brotación de las papas durante el almacenamiento.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Potato Storage and Processing, Research Division Jadwisin, Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, National Research InstituteSerockPoland
  2. 2.Laboratory of Seed Production and Plant Breeding EconomicsPlant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, National Research Institute in RadzikówRadzikówPoland

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