Potato as a model system for storage organ formation

Plant Sciences Research Seminar

Speaker: Dr Salomé Prat, CNB CSIC

Time: 1pm

Date: Thursday 29th January

Location: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

Potato is the third largest global food crop after wheat and rice. It is cultivated for its underground tubers, which are very rich in starch and vitamin C, and with similar protein content to cereals, if referred to dry weight. Amino acid composition of potato tubers is better balanced to the human dietary needs than that of cereals, these storage organs thus representing a main staple food in many world areas. Potato starch is also used in pharmaceutical formulations or as thickener additive in food industry, in addition to serve multiple purposes in paper, textile, biodegradable plastic, adhesive and painting industries. Due to its easy cultivation and elevated yields per hectare, FAO designated potato as one of the strategic crops to extreme poverty eradication.