Teagasc and IPM Potato Group (IPM) have recently signed a new fifteen year agreement in Oak Park, Carlow. The two groups have been collaborating since the early 1970s when they first formed a partnership to breed new varieties of potatoes for the Irish and global markets.
Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle: “Given the long lead times in developing new potato breeds, I am pleased that the close relationship between Teagasc and IPM Potato Group will continue to the next phase, and build on the successes of the Potato Breeding programme in Oak Park.”
IPM Potato Group (IPM), a subsidiary of Donegal Investment Group, is a major international player in the development of new and improved potato varieties and markets seed potatoes of Irish, British, Dutch and French origin in over 40 countries, the group explained in a statement.
Speaking at the signing of the new agreement, Colm McDonnell, R&D Manager at IPM Potato Group said: “This agreement will enable us to continue our focused efforts to develop potato varieties which can perform under the diverse set of challenges that lie ahead. We plan to introduce robust varieties, which are resistant to pests and diseases, less dependent on pesticide input, energy and water efficient and meet end-users specifications.”
Over 45 potato varieties have been released by the partnership.