Significant economic losses from PCN are possible and the costs and benefits of interventions are unclear.
Control options for PCN in Scotland are reducing so it is becoming more important to provide growers with support to manage PCN.
Land infested with PCN is becoming more prevalent and potato breeding could be used to address this problem.
Improvements in potato breeding will help control PCN through the increased availability of resistant varieties.
Tolerance, the ability of a variety to produce a good yield despite the presence of PCN, is not widely understood at a genetic level.
Controlling potato groundkeepers is important because they reduce the effectiveness of rotations for PCN management.
The industry will need to look at different approaches such as integrated pest management (IPM) especially if chemical controls for PCN decrease.
Communicating with stakeholders about the future threat of PCN in Scotland and the management techniques available and under development.

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The Vegetable Farmer, a magazine for the UK field vegetable and outdoor salads industry published an article on the PCN Action Scotland open day held in August.

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