USA: Project to improve organic potatoes’ shelf life

Updated Nov 20, 2023
This research is pivotal given the rapid rise of the organic market in the 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. Ace of 2022, U.S. organic food sales surpassed the $60 billion mark for the first time, the scientists note. Oregon, Washington and Idaho combine to produce more than 60% of the grown potatoes in the United States, and the Pacific Northwest potato cultivation is a $2.2 billion industry, the researchers said. As the organic market continues to grow, the financial implications of spoilage and reduced storage life become even more significant, said Jeliazkov, an associate professor in OSU's Department of Crop and Soil Science. Sprouting diminishes marketable qualities such as appearance, taste and texture, and decreased storage life translates to financial ...
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