Program of Distinction
Potatoes are a Program of Distinction (POD) in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho. The purpose of the Potato POD is to strengthen teaching, research and extension programming in potato science and increase international recognition of these programs.
The Potato POD emphasizes potato storage physiology and management, plant and soil health, water utilization, variety development and nutrition. The POD seeks to better integrate teaching, extension and research programs to aid the next generation of scientists.
The potato research and extension team consists of 18 University of Idaho faculty members, plus associated technical support staff and graduate students. Their expertise includes variety development, seed management, pest management, storage management, agronomy/soils, food science, nutrition and economics.
Potato work takes place at five research and extension centers, in several counties and on the main Moscow campus. Many programs are conducted in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Idaho and other states, and in multistate partnerships with other land-grant institutions.