Inheritance of the 'Bolter' Condition in the Potato


'BOLTERS' occur1,2 in many potato varieties and are distinguished from the normal plants of the variety by the following characteristics: the haulms are more vigorous, taller and with longer internodes, the tubers are coarser and the crop heavier at maturity, maturity is much later, and flowering is much freer. The 'bolter' condition is perpetuated by the tubers, and Davidson1 states that bolters obtained in 1917 from the variety Snowdrop have always produced bolters.

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  1. 1

    "Potato Growing for Seed Purposes" (Dublin, 1937).

  2. 2

    "The Maintenance of Pure and Vigorous Stocks of Varieties of the Potato",Revised ed. (Edinburgh, 1944).

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