Maria wins grad student competition at PAA!

Congratulations to lab member student Maria Caraza (second from right) on winning first place in the graduate student oral competition at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Potato Association of America, in Fargo, ND.

Maria’s presentation was titled “Using Image Analysis to Quantify Skin Set and Color in Red Potatoes.” Her research has given us a more precise understanding of the differences in skin color and skin set for red clones in the breeding program. Both traits are important for developing varieties with good appearance, and proper skin set also protects the tuber from disease during storage.