University of Idaho faculty work in conjunction with faculty from other institutions on the Tri-State Potato Breeding Program and Potato Variety Management Institute to develop and promote new varieties. All potato breeding selections undergo a strenuous evaluation process before being released as varieties. The process can take as many as 15 years and involves hundreds of tests. Pictured below are potato varieties created in Aberdeen by our breeders.
Potato breeding and variety development occur in several areas in Idaho.
University of Idaho’s main campus is home to the Seed Potato Germplasm program.
- Potato Tissue Culture Lab plantlets are grown and sold to seed growers
- Parker Farm minitubers are produced at the greenhouse and sold to seed growers
The Aberdeen Research and Extension Center is home to the University of Idaho potato breeding program.
- Incorporates improved germplasm from other ARS and state programs
- Completes pre-breeding research
- Provides most of the true seed for variety development efforts
The Tetonia Research and Extension Center tests between 3,000 and 7,000 promising new potato lines from Aberdeen each year. All seed for evaluation in tri-state and western regional trials are produced at Tetonia.
Russet and Special Varieties
Move your mouse over each image to view the names of the potatoes in alphabetic order.
Seed Potato Germplasm Program
We maintain and distribute disease free germplasm and mini-tubers for domestic and international seed potato growers and researchers.
Storage management of:
- Premier Russet (A93157-6LS) Potatoes, CIS 1142
- Alpine Russet Potatoes, CIS 1184
- Alturas Potatoes, CIS 1134
- Blazer Russet Potatoes, CIS 1192
- Classic Russet Potatoes, CIS 1167
- Clearwater Russet Potatoes, CIS 1199
- Gem Russet Potatoes, CIS 1118
- Mountain Gem Russet Potatoes, BUL 931
- Summit Russet Potatoes, CIS 1123
- Umatilla Russet Potatoes, BUL 839
- Western Russet Potatoes, CIS 1151
- Vine Kill and Long-term Storage of Ranger Russet Potatoes, CIS 1119