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The Potato Crop

Its Agricultural, Nutritional and Social Contribution to Humankind

Editors: Campos, Hugo, Ortiz, Oscar (Eds.)

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  • Gathers a unique blend of contributions by internationally respected potato experts, providing both global and local perspectives and experience 
  • Delivers a fresh and cutting-edge perspective, updating its previous version published by Springer in 1992
  • Written in a jargon-free language, making it appealing for a much broader readership than just researchers, graduate students or academics 
  • Firmly based on scientific evidence gathered through state of the art R&D activities and the contributions of renowned authors
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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book provides a fresh, updated and science-based perspective on the current status and prospects of the diverse array of topics related to the potato, and was written by distinguished scientists with hands-on global experience in research aspects related to potato. The potato is the third most important global food crop in terms of consumption. Being the only vegetatively propagated species among the world’s main five staple crops creates both issues and opportunities for the potato: on the one hand, this constrains the speed of its geographic expansion and its options for international commercialization and distribution when compared with commodity crops such as maize, wheat or rice. On the other, it provides an effective insulation against speculation and unforeseen spikes in commodity prices, since the potato does not represent a good traded on global markets. These two factors highlight the underappreciated and underrated role of the potato as a dependable nutrition security crop, one that can mitigate turmoil in world food supply and demand and political instability in some developing countries. Increasingly, the global role of the potato has expanded from a profitable crop in developing countries to a crop providing income and nutrition security in developing ones. This book will appeal to academics and students of crop sciences, but also policy makers and other stakeholders involved in the potato and its contribution to humankind’s food security. 

About the authors

Dr. Hugo Campos has over 25 years of international experience developing varieties through plant breeding and biotechnology in diverse tropical and temperate crop species. He is currently the Director of Research at CIP, the International Potato Center and was previously the Head of Plant Breeding at CTC, the world’s largest private sugarcane research center. He has worked at Pioneer, a Dupont Company and Monsanto as a Research Fellow. While at Monsanto, he twice received the prestigious “Above and Beyond” award for outstanding achievements. Dr. Campos holds a BA in Agronomy from the Universidad Austral de Chile, Highest Honors, and a PhD from the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. He is part of the editorial board of the Tropical Plant Biology and a member of the Scientific Board of Verdant BioScience (Singapore) and the Chilean Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. Oscar Ortiz is the Deputy Director-General for Research and Development and has worked at the International Potato Center for more than two decades. An agronomist by training, Dr. Ortiz received his BA from the Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca, Peru, his MSc on Agricultural Extension and Crop Production from the Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina, and his PhD from Reading, UK. He led the CIP’s Integrated Crop Management Research Division and the Integrated Crop and systems Research Global Program until 2013, when he was appointed Deputy Director of Research for Regional Science Programs. Dr. Ortiz has spent a decade leading and managing interdisciplinary teams involving both the biophysical and social sciences. He has extensive experience in participatory research and training related to integrated insect and disease control; integrated crop management; agronomy and seed management; impact assessment of research and extension activities; and the use of agricultural knowledge and information systems for research and development. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Global Food Security, Contributions from Sustainable Potato Agri-Food Systems

    Pages 3-35

    Devaux, André (et al.)

  • The Potato and Its Contribution to the Human Diet and Health

    Pages 37-74

    Burgos, Gabriela (et al.)

  • Enhancing Value Chain Innovation Through Collective Action: Lessons from the Andes, Africa, and Asia

    Pages 75-106

    Devaux, André (et al.)

  • Ex Situ Conservation of Potato [Solanum Section Petota (Solanaceae)] Genetic Resources in Genebanks

    Pages 109-138

    Ellis, David (et al.)

  • The Genes and Genomes of the Potato

    Pages 139-162

    Ghislain, Marc (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Potato Crop
Book Subtitle
Its Agricultural, Nutritional and Social Contribution to Humankind
Editors
  • Hugo Campos
  • Oscar Ortiz
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28683-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28683-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28682-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-28685-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 518
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 91 illustrations in colour
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