“Potatoes: what are the threats they face and what can we do to save our spuds?”

“Potatoes: what are the threats they face and what can we do to save our spuds?” On Monday 22nd June sense about science is running a live Q&A with a panel of scientists who are all researching different ways to protect our potatoes. More information can be found by following the link below. http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/potatoes-what-are-the-risks-they-face-and-what-can-we-do-about-them.html

Dickeya update

Good news! Scotland remains free from Dickeya spp. See http://www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/plant/18273/PotatoHealthControls/PotatoQuarantineDiseases/Dickeya/2014-15TuberTests    

Epitrix Update

The UK Plant Health Services have issued a letter updating the position with findings of Epitrix on potatoes imported from previously non-demarcated areas of Spain. The letter and accompanying leaflet are reproduced below. Epitrix is a very damaging pest of potato from North America that is now established in Spain and Portugal and imported potatoes […]

BPTA AGM 2015: 1st July 2015

Notice is given of the BPTA AGM 2015 on 1st July 2015 and an Invitation extended to the associated buffet luncheon at SASA, Edinburgh. Luncheon from 1pm and AGM commences at 2pm. Following the AGM there will be a presentation on EU Plant Health proposals. For more details and an application form see Flyer below. […]

BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014

BPTA in association with SASA is running a Tuber Classification Training Refresher Course on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at Gogarbank, Edinburgh. The delegate fee including lunch, refreshments and Vat is £240. If you are interested please contact the BPTA Secretariat at charlie.greenslade@bpta.org.uk 0131 623 0183. Further details and an application form can be found in […]

Scottish Government’s Plant Health Workshop on 18th March 2014

The Scottish Government hosted a Plant Health Workshop on 18th March 2014 at SASA, Edinburgh at which BPTA attended along with other stakeholder organisations. The event was opened by Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, who announced the development of a Scottish Plant Health Strategy. Please follow the link below to access the programme and […]

The Scottish Society for Crop Research Potato Winter Meeting: 24 March 2014

The Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) Potato Sub-committee is pleased to invite you to attend the Potato Winter Meeting at The James Hutton Institute, Dundee DD2 5DA on Monday 24 March 2014. The programme can be found by following the link below. Please note that this meeting is free for SSCR members but there is a £15 attendance […]

Plant Health Risk Register

The link below will open up a letter from Defra launching a UK Plant Health Risk Register. The Register is a tool for government, industry and stakeholders to prioritise action against pests and diseases which threaten our crops, trees, gardens and countryside. Your Association was one of the stakeholder organisations that were involved in the construction of […]