Close-up view of potato blight© Blackthorn-Arable
An improved method of predicting potato blight outbreaks is set to be launched next season, offering more reliable forecasts than the current Smith Period method, which it will replace. New risk criteria for predicting outbreaks of the disease have been developed by researchers from the James Hutton Institute in Scotland.  Funding from AHDB Potatoes allowed the Scottish research team to examine the relationship between reported blight outbreaks and recorded Smith Periods, as well as consider changes in climate and blight populations, […]