Canada: Alberta closes the book on potato cyst nematodes

Updated Apr 23, 2021
We’re slowly working our way back up to those levels, but we’re not near there yet.” The announcement was recently made by provincial Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen. “Potatoes are a billion-dollar industry in Alberta,” he said in a provincial statement. “The announcement will help us reclaim market access and will lead to fewer restrictions as we pursue new markets.” Alberta exports most of the seed potatoes produced in Canada, said the statement. The province’s cooler northern climate, including its shorter growing season and relatively harsher winters, helps eliminate pests and lowers the need for things such as pesticides, said Dmytro Yevtushenko, research chair in potato science at the University of Lethbridge. As many as four out of every five multicellular organisms on Earth are estimated to be nematodes, which are invertebrate roundworms. Most are too tiny to be seen by the naked eye, said Yevtushenko. Although nematodes in general are largely beneficial ...
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