Caithness Potatoes Limited - Breeding | Growing | Delivering

Breeding

Caithness' Breeding Programme

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It is now over 35 years since Caithness Potatoes entered the seed breeding industry.

Caithness are a leading player in the field of breeding, production and exports, and have a well known and respected history of commercial success in UK, Europe, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

Dr Finlay Dale, formerly of the James Hutton Institute, is our Export and Breeding coordinator. His primary responsibility is to oversee and coordinate the combined breeding programmes of Caithness Potatoes.

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Caithness has a number of significant breeding programmes from diverse sources:

Old Fargie Potato Breeders Ltd

Caithness in-house Breeding Program

Independent Breeders

Caithness breeding program with James Hutton Institute

A family owned business affiliated to Caithness and has been enthusiastically breeding new varieties for over 20 years. The breeding operation is located on the family farm near Perth. It is run by Bob Doig's wife Zella and his son Robert. Notable successes include: Sunrise, Apache and Bute.

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Zella Doig

Carlos Sombrero has made many new crosses for Caithness including the promising variety Libertie. The seeds are sown and managed in Scotland by George Merchant.

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George Merchant

The Caithness Group also has partnerships with several independent Dutch breeders.

This group of Dutch breeders has enabled the company to expand and diversify, both its range of expertise and its access to different germplasm and new varieties. This culminated in the creation of Caithness Potatoes BV: a Caithness company


based in Holland, which complements the Scottish and English seed production programmes.

The group has produced several promising varieties including Cammeo, Divaa and Marvel that are now being grown commercially in the UK and in Europe.

The world-renowned James Hutton Institute in Scotland has been commissioned by Caithness to produce cultivars, combining the expertise of the institute’s breeders and unique parental germ-plasm with Caithness’ commercial knowledge. This partnership has led to some of our most promising recent selections.

If you are a hobby breeder and interested in working with our team who trial and promote superior new varieties throughout Europe, North Africa, South Africa, Australasia and much of Asia and North America, please send us an email detailing what you can offer.

Independent Breeders

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 developing the cultivars that will provide superior consumer and agronomic value for potato growers and resellers around the world.

If you are an independent breeder and interested in working with us, please either call or send an email to our Scottish office.

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Independent Breeders

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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.

If you are an independent breeder and interested in working with us, please either call or send an email to our Scottish office.

Contact details can be found on the contact us section on this website.

Our Founder

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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

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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.

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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:

  • Australia
  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canary Isles
  • Israel
  • South Africa
  • Denmark
  • Morocco
  • Spain
  • Egypt
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • North America
  • Thailand
  • Greece
  • Portugal