Massive losses in the United States' number one vegetable crop,
potatoes, aren't only due to pests or drought, they‚??re due to damage in
the handling and storage of potatoes over the nine months of storage
they generally undergo on their way to the supermarket as fresh potatoes
or as potato chips or fries.
A biochemistry approach that seeks to identify genetic characteristics
of the wound healing process in potatoes has had success in a project
led by Dylan Kosma, a biochemist in the College of Agriculture,
Biotechnology & Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno.
In his work, completed as part of the College‚??sExperiment Station
research, Kosma has identified the first transcription factors known to
regulate deposition of components that make up the skin that forms
during the wound healing process in potatoes.
Biochemistry offers path to help reduce huge losses in potato industry |
University of Nevada, Reno (unr.edu)