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Certis supports ‘6 steps to effective virus management’ in seed potatoes

In an open letter to seed potato growers the Scottish Aphid Borne Virus Working Party has launched ‘The 6 Steps to Effective Virus Management in Certified or Home Saved Seed’: A one-page summary of the best available advice based on current evidence to form a fully integrated pest management (IPM) programme.

The working party is a consortium of Scottish researchers with an interest in virus, with representatives from Scottish Agronomy, SASA, SRUC, The James Hutton Institute, AHDB and McCain. On behalf of the group, Scottish Agronomy’s Eric Anderson says:

“The amount of virus in crops increased significantly during 2019 to its highest level for some decades. In 2020 the levels were similar again. However, the current indicators are for environmental factors (a colder winter) to assist in reducing levels in 2021.

“By following the six steps, growers and the industry have the opportunity to bear down on virus in 2021 to reduce virus levels not just for this year but into the following seasons.”

table of the six steps for virus protection