The Potato Crop: Management, Production, and Food Security


Professor, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: TEC003030

Currently, climate change due to global warming induced mainly by land use changes (i.e. intensified agriculture and deforestation) is one of the biggest problems that humanity must urgently address. Thus, promoting models of sustainable agricultural production that ensure food security, environmental conservation and livelihoods for local populations is needed. In this context, humanity has the great challenge of integrating agriculture, ecosystems, environment and people in the sustainable development scheme, especially with the focus on food systems that maintain a sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Fortunately, there are currently important advances in knowledge and technologies for the management of agrobiodiversity and agricultural crops of great economic and social relevance (i.e. wheat, corn, potatoes, cassava), which will be essential for future scenarios of environmental change.

The potato (Solanum tuberosum) is the third most consumed crop that contributes to global food security. The potato continues to be recommended as a key food for human consumption, especially in the face of current population growth, related to problems with food supply, nutrition and food security, and also climate change challenges globally. Understanding how abiotic (i.e., climate, nutrients) and biotic (i.e., pests and diseases) factors and management (i.e., genetic resources, planting) determine production and crop growth patterns has been an important issue in potato crop research. Researchers on potato crops aim to improve agricultural resources management, breeding and seed potato production, post-harvest practices, storage, supply chain, and food security. There are also significant knowledge and technological advances in sustainable potato production systems that have remarkably improved potato yields.

This book aims to publish an overview about the current state of the art for sustainable potato production systems and achieving global nutrition and food security targets. The chapters of the book deal mainly with theoretical and practical fundamentals on seed potato production, crop growth and production, postharvest and storage of potato tubers. This integrative and comprehensive review is an important contribution to the knowledge of potato crop management and conservation of potato cultivars in the current context of global climate change, hunger and poverty.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Seed Potato Production
(Jackson Kawakami and Leonardo Balena – Midwestern Parana State University, Unicentro, Department of Agronomy, Paraná, Brazil, et al.)

Chapter 2. Production of High-Quality Seed Potato by Aeroponics
(Zoran Broćić, Ivana Momčilović, Dobrivoj Poštić, Jasmina Oljača, Biljana Veljković – Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, et al.)

Chapter 3. Tissue Culture of Potato for Seed Production
(Alexios Alexopoulos, Spyridon A. Petropoulos – University of the Peloponnese, Department of Agriculture, Kalamata, Greece, et al.)

Chapter 4. Impact of Heat Stress on Potato: Plant Responses and Approaches to Tolerance Improvement
(Ivana Momčilović, Jianming Fu, Danijel Pantelić, Jelena Rudić, Zoran Broćić – Department of Plant Physiology, Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković” – National Institute of the Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, et al.)

Chapter 5. Impact of Climate Change on Potato Early and Late Blight Occurrence in A Limia (NW Spain)
(Laura Meno, Carmen Seijo Coello, María Shantal Rodríguez-Flores, Olga Escuredo – Department of Vegetal Biology and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Vigo. As Lagoas, Ourense, Spain)

Chapter 6. Growth Regulators Detected in the Tuberization of Potato Plants Infected by Candidatus liberibacter and Treated with Salicylic Acid and Hydrogen Peroxide
(María E. Salazar-Laureles, Ramón M. Soto-Hernández, Rubén San Miguel-Chávez – Postgrado en Botánica, Colegio de Postgraduados, México, México)

Chapter 7. The Complexity in Potato Crop Genome Identified and Modified by Emerging NBTs for Required Outcomes
(Azka Noureen, Muhammad Zuhaib Khan, Imran Amin, Tayyaba Zainab, Shahid Mansoor – National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Pakistan, et al.)

Chapter 8. Microbiome and Sustainability in Potato Crop Production
(Sergio Eduardo Contreras-Liza – Department of Agronomy, Universidad Nacional José Faustino Sánchez Carrión, Huacho, Lima, Peru)

Chapter 9. Postharvest Storage and Fresh Processing of Potato
(Ana Cecilia Silveira, Fernanda Zaccari – Poscosecha de Frutas y Hortalizas, Dpto. de Producción Vegetal. Universidad de la República, Facultad de Agronomía, Montevideo, Uruguay)

Chapter 10. Preserving Potato Tuber Quality During Storage
(Juan Ignacio Cortelezzi, María Noelia Muñiz García, Iara Marlene Grobly and Daniela Andrea Capiati – Instituto de Investigaciones en Ingeniería Genética y Biología Molecular “Dr. Héctor N. Torres,” INGEBI, CONICET., Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Chapter 11. Post-harvest Physiology of Potato Tubers
(Alexios Alexopoulos, Spyridon A. Petropoulos – University of the Peloponnese, Department of Agriculture, Kalamata, Greece, et al.)

Chapter 12. The Potato Crop: Management, Production and Food Security
(Rindra Yusianto, Marimin, Suprihatin, Hartrisari Hardjomidjojo – Graduate Program of Agroindustrial Engineering, Department of Agroindustrial Technology, IPB University (Bogor Agricultural University), Indonesia, et al.)


Editor’s ORCID iD

Pedro Manuel Villa

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