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The Potato Crop

Its Agricultural, Nutritional and Social Contribution to Humankind

  • Gathers a unique blend of contributions by internationally respected potato experts, providing both global and local perspectives and experience
  • Delivers a fresh and cutting-edge perspective, updating its previous version published by Springer in 1992
  • Written in a jargon-free language, making it appealing for a much broader readership than just researchers, graduate students or academics
  • Firmly based on scientific evidence gathered through state of the art R&D activities and the contributions of renowned authors

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

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

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Global Food Security, Contributions from Sustainable Potato Agri-Food Systems

      • André Devaux, Jean-Pierre Goffart, Athanasios Petsakos, Peter Kromann, Marcel Gatto, Julius Okello et al.
      Pages 3-35Open Access
    3. The Potato and Its Contribution to the Human Diet and Health

      • Gabriela Burgos, Thomas Zum Felde, Christelle Andre, Stan Kubow
      Pages 37-74Open Access
    4. Enhancing Value Chain Innovation Through Collective Action: Lessons from the Andes, Africa, and Asia

      • André Devaux, Claudio Velasco, Miguel Ordinola, Diego Naziri
      Pages 75-106Open Access
  3. Genetic Resources, Genetics and Genetic Improvement

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 107-107
    2. Ex Situ Conservation of Potato [Solanum Section Petota (Solanaceae)] Genetic Resources in Genebanks

      • David Ellis, Alberto Salas, Oswaldo Chavez, Rene Gomez, Noelle Anglin
      Pages 109-138Open Access
    3. The Genes and Genomes of the Potato

      • Marc Ghislain, David S. Douches
      Pages 139-162Open Access
    4. Potato Breeding

      • Meredith W. Bonierbale, Walter R. Amoros, Elisa Salas, Walter de Jong
      Pages 163-217Open Access
    5. Genetics and Cytogenetics of the Potato

      • Rodomiro Ortiz, Elisa Mihovilovich
      Pages 219-247Open Access
  4. Pest and Diseases

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 249-249
    2. Insect Pests Affecting Potatoes in Tropical, Subtropical, and Temperate Regions

      • Jürgen Kroschel, Norma Mujica, Joshua Okonya, Andrei Alyokhin
      Pages 251-306Open Access
    3. Fungal, Oomycete, and Plasmodiophorid Diseases of Potato

      • Birgit Adolf, Jorge Andrade-Piedra, Francisco Bittara Molina, Jaroslaw Przetakiewicz, Hans Hausladen, Peter Kromann et al.
      Pages 307-350Open Access
    4. Bacterial Diseases of Potato

      • Amy Charkowski, Kalpana Sharma, Monica L. Parker, Gary A. Secor, John Elphinstone
      Pages 351-388Open Access
    5. Viral Diseases in Potato

      • J. F. Kreuze, J. A. C. Souza-Dias, A. Jeevalatha, A. R. Figueira, J.  P.  T. Valkonen, R.  A.  C. Jones
      Pages 389-430Open Access
    6. Potato Seed Systems

      • Gregory A. Forbes, Amy Charkowski, Jorge Andrade-Piedra, Monica L. Parker, Elmar Schulte-Geldermann
      Pages 431-447Open Access
  5. Seed Systems, Participatory Research and Gender

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 449-449
    2. Participatory Research (PR) at CIP with Potato Farming Systems in the Andes: Evolution and Prospects

      • Oscar Ortiz, Graham Thiele, Rebecca Nelson, Jeffery W. Bentley
      Pages 451-473Open Access
    3. Gender Topics on Potato Research and Development

      • Netsayi Noris Mudege, Silvia Sarapura Escobar, Vivian Polar
      Pages 475-506Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 507-518

About this book

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. 



Editors and Affiliations

  • International Potato Center, Lima, Peru

    Hugo Campos, Oscar Ortiz

About the editors

Dr. Hugo Campos has over 25 years of international experience developing varieties through plant breeding and biotechnology in diverse tropical and temperate crop species. He is currently the Director of Research at CIP, the International Potato Center and was previously the Head of Plant Breeding at CTC, the world’s largest private sugarcane research center. He has worked at Pioneer, a Dupont Company and Monsanto as a Research Fellow. While at Monsanto, he twice received the prestigious “Above and Beyond” award for outstanding achievements. Dr. Campos holds a BA in Agronomy from the Universidad Austral de Chile, Highest Honors, and a PhD from the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. He is part of the editorial board of the Tropical Plant Biology and a member of the Scientific Board of Verdant BioScience (Singapore) and the Chilean Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Dr. Oscar Ortiz is the Deputy Director-General for Research and Development and has worked at theInternational Potato Center for more than two decades. An agronomist by training, Dr. Ortiz received his BA from the Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca, Peru, his MSc on Agricultural Extension and Crop Production from the Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina, and his PhD from Reading, UK. He led the CIP’s Integrated Crop Management Research Division and the Integrated Crop and systems Research Global Program until 2013, when he was appointed Deputy Director of Research for Regional Science Programs. Dr. Ortiz has spent a decade leading and managing interdisciplinary teams involving both the biophysical and social sciences. He has extensive experience in participatory research and training related to integrated insect and disease control; integrated crop management; agronomy and seed management; impact assessment of research and extension activities; and the use of agricultural knowledge and information systems for research and development. He has published extensively in peer-reviewedjournals, book chapters and conference proceedings.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Potato Crop

  • Book Subtitle: Its Agricultural, Nutritional and Social Contribution to Humankind

  • Editors: Hugo Campos, Oscar Ortiz

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-28682-8Published: 16 December 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-28685-9Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-28683-5Published: 03 December 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 518

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 91 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Agriculture, Nutrition, Plant Breeding/Biotechnology, Food Science, Agricultural Economics

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