Potato Breeding and Genetics Research Program

The Potato Breeding and Genetics Program is housed at the Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth NC. Our project leader, Dr. Craig Yencho, is located on NC State’s main campus, where he also heads the Sweetpotato Breeding and Genetics Program. In Plymouth, our program activities are led by Mr. Mark Clough.

The program’s goal is to develop and screen new varieties, advanced clones, and germplasm and to select materials better suited for North Carolina and the Southeastern US. We are working toward this goal through collaborations with the USDA-ARS, Cornell University, and the University of Maine, as well as other breeding programs across the US.

Potato Variety Trial Database

Potato variety trial reports dating back to 1999.

NE1231 Medius RE

Specified variety reports dating back to 1995.

Current Largest Research Projects

early generation selection of materials in collaboration with the University of Maine, Cornell University and the USDA-ARS

a National collaboration to screen material to evaluate the performance of chipping lines for adaptation to the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions

use of marker assisted screening for resistance to Golden nematode and potato virus Y

a focused effort to develop and introduce specialty type potatoes that may potentially bring elevated prices for small niche markets

Contact Us

Are you interested in partnering with us for sweetpotato and potato breeding and genetic research? We look forward to hearing from you!

Support the Sweetpotato and Potato Breeding and Genetics Programs

Your gift will support the Department of Horticultural Science, including but not limited to, the Sweetpotato and Potato Breeding and Genetics Programs. Funds are collected and managed by the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax id 56-6049304. You will receive a receipt for your donation.