Dr Jack Dunnett is a plant breeder of rare talent who combines his top breeding skills with a keen understanding of the commercial demands of the potato industry.
Jack is renowned throughout the world for his success as a breeder at the Scottish Plant Breeding Station, Pentlandfield, near Edinburgh, and particularly as a private breeder in the extreme North of Scotland.
Visionary in his approach, he has rarely followed the orthodox path; a style which has led to a great many successful innovations. This success has led to many honours being bestowed upon him including the Haig trophy from NASPM, the James Hardie Memorial Trophy from the VTSC Growers Association and a presentation from the 1994 World Potato Congress “in recognition of (his) outstanding contribution to the development of the World Potato Industry”.
Becoming a Breeder with Caithness
The success of Caithness Potatoes around the world has been hugely due to the varieties it has to offer. We believe that it is the skill and knowledge of the individual breeder rather than the quantity of crosses that ultimately leads to success.
We therefore welcome talented independent breeders to join us in creating the cultivars that will provide superior consumer and agronomic value for potato growers around the world.
We are currently trialling selected new varieties from our breeding programme in the UK with:
- 2 Horticulture suppliers
- 3 Official testing and industry bodies
- 8 Packers supplying the major UK supermarkets
- 2 Processors
- 5 Seed & Ware Merchants
Overseas we annually trial and promote our varieties in:
- Saudi Arabia
- Canary Isles
- South Africa
- North America