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PotatoesContact Hannah Parish


  • Assessment of variety performance on conventional or organic sites
  • Pest and disease testing
  • Consumer acceptance evaluation
  • Customised trials to suit your requirements
  • Crop nutrition and agronomy studies
  • Crop Variety evaluation and demonstration trials
  • Agrochemical registration, screening, efficacy, residue and demonstration trials



  • Well established regional trial centres providing a range of geographical and environmental situations
  • Extensive database of UK farmers/growers willing to host NIAB trials
  • Specialist and standard equipment, irrigation, machine planting and harvesting
  • BASIS and FACTS qualified members of staff


PotatoesService Support

  • Trials are supported by NIAB’s scientific laboratory and research services
  • Technical advice on compliance with Seed Certification Standards
  • Variety identification using DNA fingerprinting (NIAB diAgnomics) technique
  • Virus testing in tubers or foliage
  • Tuberborne fungal disease testing
  • Free living and Potato Cyst Nematodes in soil
  • Quality testing, cooking suitability, dry matter, Total Glycoalkaloids, reducing sugar and starch content
  • Data handling and statistics analysis
  • Practical training in variety identification techniques
  • Training offered on identification of pests, dieases and control methods
  • BASIS accredited training courses
  • Consultancy advice through technical experts, publications, press releases and demonstrations