1 March 1996

Three on NIABlist

ONE new potato variety and two sugar beets have been added to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany recommended lists for 1997.

Anna, a high-yielding maincrop potato with "bold, uniform tubers suitable for the pre-pack market" joins the provisionally recommended category.

It has excellent resistance to bruising, common scab and potato cyst nematode (Ro1), although it is susceptible to common scab, says NIAB.

Alexa and Madison are the beet varieties gaining provisional recommendation.

Alexa, whose performance is said to have improved over the past three years, has "average sugar yield and growers income coupled with average sugar content and juice purity." It has good powdery mildew resistance but "below average establishment".

Madison has given "significantly above average sugar yield and growers income" and above average sugar content and juice purity. It has good field establishment and low levels of bolters.