The outputs from the project can be found below. These include presentations from the winter conference, grower story and factsheets which provide background information, an insight into what is currently happening within the work packages of the project and how this will benefit the potato industry.
PCN Hygiene Leaflet
This leaflet is for landowners and growers who own or rent land for potatoes and contains advice and actions for managing PCN.
The introduction to PCN Action Scotland presentation presented by Ian Toth, leader of the project.
Trends in PCN contamination
Jon Pickup from SASA presented some information and figures at the conference regarding the current trends in PCN contamination in Scotland.
Tolerance to PCN
PCN tolerance has been researched in the project and James Price shared some of his findings at the conference.
PCN in a global context
This presentation by John Jones (James Hutton Institute) highlights that PCN is present in all potato producing regions and focuses on the challenges faced in Kenya.
Developments in Groundkeeper Control
Catriona McLean from SoilEssentials shared some insights into the technology that they have been developing to detect groundkeepers in the field.
Trial Results from Barnyards
The results from the 2022 demonstration trial held at Barnyards by kind permission of Neill Smith were presented by Phillip Burgess (scottishpotatoes.org) and Eric Anderson (Scottish Agronomy).
Economic Value of the potato industry and cost of PCN
Presentation by Steven Thomson from SRUC with information about the economics of the potato industry and PCN.
Development of a decision support system is included in the project and Jim Wilson led the workshop on ideas and inclusions for a DSS.
Breeding for PCN resistance
This presentation from the conference shows the work being done at the James Hutton Institute to help identify and include PCN resistance in potato breeding.
Summary of Tolerance to PCN Review
John Jones, Vivian Blok and Glenn Bryan from the James Hutton Institute have produced a review about tolerance to PCN. The review is summarised here and highlights how tolerance to PCN differs from resistance (which are often confused), current understanding and ongoing research regarding this important trait.
Grower Story - Neill Smith
This grower story is about Neill Smith, a potato grower based in Angus. Neill uses an integrated pest management approach for PCN which includes a combination of PCN soil sampling, applying nematicides, growing resistant varieties and an oilseed radish cover crop, and controlling groundkeepers.
Project Report Year One - Delivering a sustainable potato industry for Scotland through management of potato cyst nematode (PCN)
A summary report of progress made across the work packages addressed by the PCN working group in year one.