Three leading agricultural organisations have joined to create a world-leading potato hub in Scotland.
The new hub is designed to give those working in the £200 million industry access to expert advice.
It will be created through a partnership between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), the James Hutton Institute and SASA (Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture).
Chief plant health officer for Scotland and head of SASA, Professor Gerry Saddler, said: “It is important for our organisations to work together to identify the key challenges facing potato production and markets in Scotland, as well as its value in driving innovations which meet and solve those challenges.”
SRUC head of knowledge and innovation, Professor Fiona Burnett, said the hub would make research more accessible to the industry.
She added: “By working with partners with a commercial focus on research innovations, and through linked consultancy services, the entire potato industry can benefit.”