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Name Image Marketing Qualities
Arran Banner  This second early variety was bred by Donald McKelvie and first marketed around 1927. Arran Banner produces a moderate yield of round, white-skinned tubers with white flesh. Tests show suseptibility to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa 2/3,1.
Arran Comet  Long oval, white tubers with white to cream flesh. Short dormancy. High yields and early bulking. Susceptible to virus Y, spraing (TRV). Medium dry matter. Through tests has shown susceptibility to Dry rot fusarium coeruleum , late blight on both foliage and tubers, potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis , potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida and potato virus Yo.
Arran Pilot  Trials have found good resistance to common scab.  This variety has low resistance to dry rot fusarium coeruleum , late blight on foliage, late blight on tubers and potato virus Yo. Tests show good resistance to common scab.
Arran Victory  Arran Victory is a tall, late maincrop variety first marketed in 1918 and bred by Donald McKelvie. It produces a moderately high yield of oval, blue-skinned tubers with white floury flesh. Susceptibility to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa 2/3,1.
Asparges  Asparges susceptible to late blight on foliage and tubers. Tests for resistance to potato cyst nematode demonstrated susceptibility to both potato cyst nematodeGlobodera rostochiensis Ro1 and potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa 2/3, 1.
Atlantic  Suitable for processing – crisps. Oval, yellow tubers with cream flesh. Moderate yields with low outgrade levels, mainly mechanical damage and greens, high dry matter.. Susceptible to splitting, bruising, late blight on foliage and tubers, potato virus Yo, potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Ps2/3,1, gangrene, virus Y and spraing. Resistant to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1.
Ballydoon  Ballydoon is a early variety first marketed around 1931. It was bred in Ayrshire by Mr John Watson. It produces a moderate yield of oval, white-skinned tubers with a white flesh. Shows low resistance to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
Belle De Fontenay  Belle de Fontenay is an old French salad variety from around 1885. It is a maincrop producing long, yellow-skinned tubers with light yellow flesh. Tubers are waxy with a fine taste. Susceptible to potato cyst nematodes Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
British Queen  British Queen was bred by the Scottish breeder Archibald Finlay in Lincolnshire and first marketed in 1894. The variety is still popular in Ireland where it is sold as 'Queens'. British Queen is second early variety producing a moderate to high yield of white-skinned, oval tubers with a white, floury flesh. Low resistance to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
Catriona  A second early variety bred by Scottish breeder Archibald Findlay in Lincolnshire and first marketed in 1920. Catriona produces a moderate yield of long oval, parti-coloured blue tubers with a light yellow flesh. It has excellent flavour and cooking qualities. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rotochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
Charlotte  Second early maturity, producing moderate yields of uniform, smooth skinned tubers. . Medium dry matter, waxy cooked texture. Susceptible to late blight on foliage, potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida . Tests show resistance to Blackleg.
Desiree  Maincrop maturity, with high yields and early bulking. Medium dry matter, firm cooked texture, good boiling, fresh French fry and mashing quality. High resistance to drought and good resistance to potato virus Yo and powdery scab. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1, and mis-shapes on heavy soils. Moderately susceptible to spraing and mild mosaic viruses.
Duke Of York  .  This variety has low resistance to late blight on foliage, late blight on tubers, common scab, potato leafroll virus and potato virus Yo ..
Dunbar Rover  A second early variety bred in Scotland and first marketed in 1936. Dunbar Rover produces a moderate yield of oval, white-skinned tubers with a white, floury flesh. This variety has susceptibility to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis and globodera pallida pa 2/3,1.
Dunbar Standard  A late maincrop bred by Mr C. Spence in Scotland and first marketed in 1936. Dunbar Standard produces a high yield of bold, long oval, white-skinned tubers with a cream flesh. Dunbar Standard is a tall, upright vigorous plant. Susceptibility to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida .
Dunluce  Dunluce is a first early variety bred in Northern Ireland by John Clarke and produces a moderate yield of round to oval, white-skinned tubers with a creamy, waxy flesh. Tests show susceptibility to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Ps2/3,1.
Edzell Blue  An old variety first marketed in early 1900s. Edzell Blue is a second early variety producing a moderate yield of blue-skinned tubers with a white, floury flesh. Tests show low resistance to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1
Epicure  Epicure is the original 'Ayrshire' early potato and was bred by James Clark in England. It is a first early variety producing a good yield of round, white-skinned tubers with deep eyes and a white, floury flesh. It is known for its resistance to withstand frost damage to foliage. Tests show low resistance to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1
Estima  Maincrop prepack potato. Widely used as 'the' white variety in Supermarkets. High baker fraction. Good shape and flavour. Good resistance to growth cracks and secondary growth. Susceptible to dry rot Fusarium coeruleum Powdery scab, blackleg potato virus Yo, potato leafroll virus, potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida .
Foremost  .  This variety has low resistance to late blight on foliage, late blight on tubers, common scab, potato leafroll virus and potato virus Yo.
Golden Wonder  Trials have found good resistance to dry rot, skin spot and common scab.  This variety has low resistance to potato leafroll virus and potato virus Yo
Hermes  Maincrop maturity, high yields, low tuber numbers and long dormancy.High dry matter and good fry colour. Susceptible to late blight on foliage, potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis and potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida . Tests show resistance to Powdery scab, potato leafroll virus, potato virus Yo and splitting.
Home Guard  Short oval tubers with white to cream flesh. Short dormancy. Susceptible to drought. Moderate to low yields. Susceptible to tuber blight and late blight on foliage, potato cyst nematode GLobodera rostochiensis Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1. Good resistance to Bruising, Splitting, skin spor, Dry rot Fusarium coeruleum powdery scab and spraing (TRV). Medium to high dry matter. Tendency to discolour after cooking.
International Kidney  This variety has low resistance to late blight on foliage and late blight on tubers..
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Kennebec  Kennebec is an early maincrop variety bred in USA. It produces a moderate to high yield of large, oval, white-skinned tubers with a cream flesh.Tests show susceptibility to both potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1 and Globodera rostochiensis Ro1.
Kerr's Pink  Suitable for pre-pack and general ware. Short oval, pink tubers with cream flesh. Late foliage maturity. Moderate yields. Medium dry matter. Tests show susceptibility to skin spot and both potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
King Edward  Late maincrop maturity producing moderate yields with high numbers of tubers per plant. Good resistance to common scab, powdery scab, spraing, mild mosaic virus and slugs. Moderately susceptible to drought, foliage blight, potato virus Yo, and susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida . Medium dry matter with good cooking quality, flavour and frying colour.
Majestic  An early maincrop variety bred by Archibald Findlay in Lincolnshire and first marketed in 1911. Majestic produces high yields of of long oval, white-skinned tubers with a white, waxy flesh. Eyes are moderately deep and tubers may be prone to growth cracking. Tests show susceptibility to late blight on foliage, Blackleg, potato virus Yo, potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
Maris Bard  First early maturity, high yielding and early bulking. Good resistance to, gangrene, drought, damage and bruising. Moderately susceptible to spraing, powdery scab and susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1. Medium dry matter with good boiling and frying quality.
Maris Peer  Second early maturity producing moderate yields of very uniform sample. Good resistance to powdery scab, gangrene, damage, bruising and skin spot. Moderately susceptible to drought, potato virus Yo, spraing and slug damage. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1. Medium/low dry matter, firm cooked texture, good boiling quality.
Maris Piper  Maincrop maturity with high yields and many tubers per plant. Good resistance to gangrene ans splitting. Suitable for storage. Moderately susceptible to common scab, powdery scab, potato virus Yo, Dry rot Fusarium coeruleum , Fusarium sulphureum and slugs. Tests show this variety is susceptipble to potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1 and resistant to Globodera rostochiensis . Medium dry matter with good cooking and frying qualities.
Morene  Morene is suitable for commercial French Fry production. Morene is a strong growing, high yielding, early maincrop variety. Morene is particularly well suited to 'off the field' production programmes. Shoes susceptibility to blackleg and potato virus Yo. Tests show resistance to powdery scab, common scab, bruising and splitting. When tested for potato cyst nematode, results found this variety to be resistant to globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and susceptibility to Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
Nicola  Second early maturity, high number of uniform tubers per plant, medium to long dormancy. Medium low dry matter, good boiling qualities. susceptible to dry rot Fusarium coeruleum , late blight on foliage and tubers. Shows resistance to potato leafroll virus. Resistant to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis ro1 and susceptible to globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
Pentland Crown  Suitable for pre-pack and general ware. Oval white tubers with white to cream flesh. High yields with moderate outgrade levels, mainly mechanical damage, misshapen tubers, greens and outgrowth cracks. Susceptible to foliage blight and spraing. Resistant to blackleg, common scab, leaf roll virus and virus Yo. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1. Medium to high dry matter.
Pentland Dell  Maincrop maturity producing high yields, long dormancy. Good resistance to mild mosaic viruses, powdery scab and slugs. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis , Globodera pallida and spraing. Moderately high dry matter with a tendency to disintegrate after boiling.
Pentland Ivory  Trials have found good resistance to potato virus Yo and dry rot Fusarium coeruleum .
Pentland Javelin  First early maturity, high yielding but tendency to bulk late. High resistance to potato virus Yo and good resistance to splitting and bruising. Resistant to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1. Moderately susceptible to tuber blight and spraing. Medium to low dry matter with firm cooked texture and good boiling quality.
Pentland Squire  Early maincrop maturity producing high yields of large tubers with low tuber numbers per plant. Resistant to mild mosaic virus drought, bruising and splitting. Moderately susceptible to spraing and potato virus Yo. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode globodera rostochiensis and globodera pallida . Medium to high dry matter with good cooking quality.
Pink Fir Apple  A late maincrop salad variety first marketed in 1850. Pink Fir Apple produces long, knobbly, pink-skinned tubers with creamy, firm, waxy flesh. Well known for its excellent taste. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
Ranger Russet  Ranger Russet was bred in Idaho, USA for the french fry market.  Trials have found good resistance to blackleg.  This variety has low resistance to powdery scab, late blight on tubers and foliage.  Tests for resistance to potato cyst nematode demonstrated susceptibility to both Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa 2/3, 1.
Record  Maincrop. Suitable for processing – crisps. Oval yellow-skinned tubers with light yellow flesh. Moderate yields with low outgrade levels, mainly misshapen tubers and growth cracks. Susceptible to blackleg, virus Yo, potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1. . Good resistance to powdery scab, splitting and spraing (TRV). High dry matter.
Red Duke Of York  .  This variety has low resistance to late blight on foliage, late blight on tubers, common scab, potato leafroll virus and potato virus Yo ..
Red Pontiac  An American bred, early maincrop variety producing round - oval, red-skinned tubers with a creamy, waxy flesh. Red Pontiac is a good baking variety.
Roseval  An early maincrop salad variety bred in France and first marketed in UK in 1950. Roseval produces long oval tubers with a deep red skin and a medium yellow, waxy flesh.
Royal Kidney  Trials have found good resistance to common scab. This variety has low resistance to late blight on foliage, late blight on tubers, potato leafroll virus and potato virus Yo.
Russet Burbank  Maincrop maturity with moderate yields. High resistance to common scab. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1, drought with a tendency to produce misshapen tubers when moisture stress occurs. Susceptible to tuber blight, foliage blight, mild mosaic virus, potato leaf roll virus and internal rust spot. Medium to high dry matter with good fry colour.
Saturna  Late maincrop maturity producing low yields of small tubers. High resistance to common scab and good resistance to spraing and mild mosaic virus. Resistant to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1. Susceptible to drought. High dry matter with a good fry colour. Suitable for long term storage.
Sharpe's Express  This variety has low resistance to dry rot, late blight on foliage and late blight on tubers. Susceptible to dry rot Fusarium coeruleum , late blight on foliage and tubers, skin spot, potato leafroll virus and potato virus Yo.
Ulster Chieftain  This variety has low resistance to dry rot (Fusarium coeruleum), late blight on foliage and late blight on tubers, skin spot, common scab and potato leafroll virus.
Ulster Prince  This variety has low resistance to late blight on foliage and late blight on tubers, dry rot Fusarium coeruleum , potato leafroll virus and potato virus Yo.
Ulster Sceptre  Long oval, white tubers with cream flesh. Short dormancy and early foliage maturity. Moderate yields. Susceptible to gangrene, virus Yo and spraing. Seed must be handled with care to avoid mechanical damage. Low to medium dry matter. When tested for resistance to potato cyst nematode, this variety has susceptibility to Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.
Up-to-date  Susceptible to late blight on foliage and tubers, common scab, potato leafroll virus and potato virus Yo. Tests for resistance to potato cyst nematode demonstrated susceptibility to both Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and Globodera pallida Pa 2/3, 1.
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Wilja  Suitable for pre-pack and general ware. Long oval yellow tubers with light yellow flesh. High yields with low out grade levels. Susceptible to late blight on foliage, potato virus Yo, potato cyst nematode globodera pallida Pa2/3,1 and Globodera rostochiensis Ro1. Resistance to dry rot Fusarium sulphureum , common scab and potato leafroll virus.
Yukon Gold  Second early maturity. Good resistance to potato virus Yo. Susceptible to late blight on foliage and tubers, gangrene, spraing, bruising and splitting. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1 and Globodera rostochiensis Ro1. Medium high dry matter.