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A Predictive model of potato size distribution and procedures to optimize its operation. - HP0210T

Objective
(1) Produce a robust, predictive model of tuber size distribution (TSD) that incorporates uncertainties (Bayesian probability theory) associated with biological, environmental and management variability in its predictions. The TSD model will be applicable to all decisions relating to control and management of tuber size distribution from pre-planting to final harvest. In addition it will be implemented within a management Advisory Package for Potato (MAPP, supported System for Arable Crops (DESSAC), thus ensuring the rapid transfer of results in a user-friendly form to the industry.
(2) Develop an improved screening method for characterising new cultivars that, through the TSD model, will aid the grower in tailoring his management to local conditions and market requirements.
(3) Develop a field-sampling protocol that will optimise the estimation of the current and future predictions of TSD in individual crops. This will form part of the validation of the TSD model.
Project Documents
• Final Report : A Predictive model of potato size distribution and procedures to optimize its operation.   (290k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 2000

Cost: £216,134
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd., Scottish Crop Research Institute
Keywords
              
Fields of Study
Horticulture
Horticulture