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Origin of the First European Potatoes and their Reaction to Length of Day

Nature volume 158, page 713 (16 November 1946) | Download Citation



DR. VAN DER PLANK'S experiments at Pretoria afford additional evidence for the view, which, incidentally, we have never disputed, that certain Andean potatoes yield better than others, even under short day, and that only the best of them will yield, even under those conditions, as well as the domestic potatoes of Great Britain. It seems fairly obvious that selection for yield with the early European potato should have picked out those genotypes combining both tolerance to long day-length and intrinsic capabilities for high yield.

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    , Lenin Acad. Agric. Sci., Inst. Plant Ind., Leningrad (1933).

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  1. Imperial Bureau of Plant Breeding and Genetics, School of Agriculture, Cambridge.

    • J. G. HAWKES
    •  & C. M. DRIVER


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