Our product manager Martin Pot explains the special features of Lugano, an early maincrop variety. He tells you more about the resistances of this variety and the reason why this variety is popular among seed potato and table potato growers.
Plant and tuber
Sensitivity and quality
Lugano originated from a cross between two parent lines, both of which were selected to achieve resistance to potato fatigue. Lugano scores a 9, the highest possible score, for both pathotypes Pa2 and Pa3 (DE) known in the Netherlands. The variety is also resistant to Globodera rostochiensis pathotype Ro1 and Ro3. The cherry on the cake is the variety’s additional resistance to potato wart disease physio 1 and 6. This puts Lugano on the O and D list of the NVWA (Netherlands Food & Consumer Product Safety Authority), which means that the variety can be grown on all soil types throughout the Netherlands. Lugano is mainly used in the fries industry and in the Fish and Chips market in the UK.
Of all the proposed names submitted by various people, Mr. Vos (a passionate breeder and a true Agrico man) thought Lugano sounded the most international. Lugano is also a town in the south of Switzerland with a lake of the same name. Although potatoes are hardly found there, the residents eat enormous quantities of fries.
The best way to guarantee a good harvest and the best return on your investment is to start out with healthy, high-quality seed potatoes and expert advice. At Agrico, we are committed to and invest in knowledge and research. This has enabled us to cultivate a wide range of unique potato varieties that display effective resistance, strong variety characteristics and a high yield. Naturally, the seed potatoes we supply are fully certified.
If you have any specific questions about the Lugano or would like to know what Agrico can do for you with respect to varieties, please feel free to contact us.