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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Food Security, Diets and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. André Devaux, Jean-Pierre Goffart, Athanasios Petsakos, Peter Kromann, Marcel Gatto, Julius Okello et al.
      Pages 3-35
    3. Gabriela Burgos, Thomas Zum Felde, Christelle Andre, Stan Kubow
      Pages 37-74
    4. André Devaux, Claudio Velasco, Miguel Ordinola, Diego Naziri
      Pages 75-106
  3. Genetic Resources, Genetics and Genetic Improvement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. David Ellis, Alberto Salas, Oswaldo Chavez, Rene Gomez, Noelle Anglin
      Pages 109-138
    3. Marc Ghislain, David S. Douches
      Pages 139-162
    4. Meredith W. Bonierbale, Walter R. Amoros, Elisa Salas, Walter de Jong
      Pages 163-217
    5. Rodomiro Ortiz, Elisa Mihovilovich
      Pages 219-247
  4. Pest and Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Jürgen Kroschel, Norma Mujica, Joshua Okonya, Andrei Alyokhin
      Pages 251-306
    3. Birgit Adolf, Jorge Andrade-Piedra, Francisco Bittara Molina, Jaroslaw Przetakiewicz, Hans Hausladen, Peter Kromann et al.
      Pages 307-350
    4. Amy Charkowski, Kalpana Sharma, Monica L. Parker, Gary A. Secor, John Elphinstone
      Pages 351-388
    5. J. F. Kreuze, J. A. C. Souza-Dias, A. Jeevalatha, A. R. Figueira, J.  P.  T. Valkonen, R.  A.  C. Jones
      Pages 389-430
    6. Gregory A. Forbes, Amy Charkowski, Jorge Andrade-Piedra, Monica L. Parker, Elmar Schulte-Geldermann
      Pages 431-447
  5. Seed Systems, Participatory Research and Gender

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 449-449
    2. Oscar Ortiz, Graham Thiele, Rebecca Nelson, Jeffery W. Bentley
      Pages 451-473
    3. Netsayi Noris Mudege, Silvia Sarapura Escobar, Vivian Polar
      Pages 475-506
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 507-518

About this book

Introduction

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. 
This book provides a fresh, updated and science-based perspective on the current status and prospects of the diverse array of topics related to the potato, and was written by distinguished scientists with hands-on global experience in research aspects related to potato. The potato is the third most important global food crop in terms of consumption. Being the only vegetatively propagated species among the world’s main five staple crops creates both issues and opportunities for the potato: on the one hand, this constrains the speed of its geographic expansion and its options for international commercialization and distribution when compared with commodity crops such as maize, wheat or rice. On the other, it provides an effective insulation against speculation and unforeseen spikes in commodity prices, since the potato does not represent a good traded on global markets. These two factors highlight the underappreciated and underrated role of the potato as a dependable nutrition security crop, one that can mitigate turmoil in world food supply and demand and political instability in some developing countries. Increasingly, the global role of the potato has expanded from a profitable crop in developing countries to a crop providing income and nutrition security in developing ones. This book will appeal to academics and students of crop sciences, but also policy makers and other stakeholders involved in the potato and its contribution to humankind’s food security.

Keywords

Open Access biofortified crops crop sciences climate change and potato nutrition security Solanum tuberosum food security

Editors and affiliations

  • Hugo Campos
    • 1
  • Oscar Ortiz
    • 1
  1. 1.International Potato CenterLimaPeru

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