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Researchers receive $2M to look for new ways to prevent organic potatoes from spoiling

By Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop improved ways of preventing stored potatoes from sprouting, particularly in the organic sector.

This research is pivotal given the rapid rise of the organic market in U.S. agriculture, the scientists note.

“The organic potato industry cannot depend on traditional chemical anti-sprouting treatments since synthetic chemicals are banned in certified organic,” said Valtcho Jeliazkov of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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