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Impact Factor Potato Research Increased

Clarivate Analytics released last week the latest Journal citation reports. The 2022 Impact Factor for Potato Research increased to 2.9 (2.56 in 2021). Moreover, the journal’s ranking increased to the 1st Quartile of the Agronomy category (Potato Research is ranked 22nd of 88 journals). 

Journal Impact Factors reflect the yearly average number of citations that articles published in the last two years have received. 

EAPR Honorary Memberships 2022

The EAPR Council has awarded two honorary memberships to celebrate people with outstanding achievements in potato research and significant contributions to the association. New honorary members were announced on 7th of July 2022, during the conference dinner of 21st Triennial Conference of EAPR in Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland.

Paul Struik strikes again

Congratulations to Prof Paul Struik, Chief Editor of the EAPR's journal Potato Research, who has again been recognised for his contribution to potato research through an award at the World Potato Congress in Dublin, Ireland (30th May - 2nd June 2022) for his long and distinctive work in the international potato industry. Congratulations also go to other recipients of the award including Dr. John J. Burke, Antoon Wallays and Richard W. "Dick" Okray.

Paul Struik receives Royal Decoration

Prof Paul Struik, Chief Editor of the EAPR's journal Potato Research, has been awarded a Royal Decoration from King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and is now Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. In the photograph, Paul is seen with his wife Edith Lammerts van Bueren (left) who received the same award 5 years ago together with the Mayor of Utrecht (centre) who presented the award at a special ceremony. Congratulations Paul!    

65th EAPR Council Meeting


65th EAPR Council Meeting took place online on 21st of January 2021. The Councillors discussed current EAPR matters including organization of the triennials (we hope that the triennial in Poland will be possible on  July 12-16, 2021 in Kraków) and section meetings, necessary update of bylaws, membership and financial situation, Potato Research, contacts with other societies and with EAPR country representatives. Look out for the spring newsletter for more news. Happy New Year 2021!

EAPR2020 abstract submission deadline extended!

Due to a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the 21st EAPR Triennial Conference has been moved to fall. The new Conference date is November 2-6, 2020. Therefore, the abstract submission deadline has been extended to July 31, 2020. The deadline for submitting applications for the EAPR Student Support has been also extended to July 31, 2020.

submit your abstract:

EAPR2020 PhD Student Support

Deadline extended till 1st March, 2021

EAPR will support financially 10 PhD students to attend the 21st Triennial Conference EAPR2021

The support will not exceed 800 EUR and will reimburse:

  • Registration fee
  • Travel and accommodation cost

New application deadline is 1st March 2021.

To apply:

Report by PhD student Eva Blatnik on her participation at the EAPR Pathology and Pests Symposium September 2019

The international EAPR Pathology and Pests Section Meeting took place at Neuchâtel in Switzerland from September 1st till September 4th with the main topic Reducing pesticide use while preserving potato productivity and profitability.

The program of the Symposium was divided into 4 sections each focusing on a specific taxonomic group of pests and pathogens: Vector-borne diseases, Oomycetes, Tuber blemishes, Blackleg and bacterial wilt; and a general starting section of Epidemiology and management.

19th Joint Meeting of EAPR Section ‘Breeding & Varietal Assessment’ and EUCARPIA Section ‘Potatoes’ December 2018

In the first week of December 2018, the European potato science community convened in Rostock-Warnemuende for the 19th Joint Meeting of EAPR Section ‘Breeding & Varietal Assessment’ and EUCARPIA Section ‘Potatoes’.

The meeting was organised by Vanessa Prigge and Klaus J. Dehmer and chaired by Domenico Carputo 

The 2nd International Spongospora Workshop, in combination with Pathology and Pests Section Meeting, Neuchatel, Switzerland, September 5, 2019

The 2nd International Spongospora Workshop (2ndISW) took place 3 years after the successful 1st ISW, held in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. The 2nd ISW, like previous similar meetings, focussed on the important potato pathogen Spongospora subterranea, and management of the quality- and yield-limiting diseases this pathogen causes for potato cropping in most countries where potatoes are important food sources.

Short report from the Agronomy and Physiology EAPR meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia July 2019

Agronomy & Physiology meeting was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in July 2019.

The meeting was organised by Peter Dolničar

At the meeting the following thematics were presented:

-       Climate change, cropping practices and strategies to mitigate abiotic stresses effects

-       Precision agriculture

Deadlines are fast approaching for three of our Section Meetings 2019

Date of meeting: 18th to 21st June 2019 
 Location: Laulasmaa, Estonia  
Deadlines: Abstracts—15th March 2019; Early bird registration—31st March 2019 
Associated meetings: 10th Annual meeting of PVY wide organisation
Date of meeting: 30th June to 4th July 2019 
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia 
Deadlines: Abstracts—1st April 2019; Early bird registration—1st May 2019 

New rules for sustaining members

EAPR has three membership categories: Ordinary, Sustaining and Honorary membership. Sustaining membership is open to any individual, body or company supporting the aims of the Association.The annual subscription is a minimum of 450 euro. Sustaining members receive two copies of Potato Research free of charge, and are permitted to send any number of participants from their organization to the Triennial conferences or section meetings at member rates. New for 2018 is that each sustaining member can have 6 separate users (separate logins) on the EAPR website. 

Commonwealth Potato Collection seeds deposited in Global Seed Vault

The Commonwealth Potato Collection (CPC), a unique repository of potato germplasm held in trust by the James Hutton Institute with support from the Scottish Government, has made the first-ever seed deposit by a UK institution into the Global Seed Vault.

Seeds from the CPC are part of a major deposit critical to ensuring global food security, which included nearly 50,000 samples of seeds from collections in Benin, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Netherlands, the U.S, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and the UK.

Reduced sensitivity to fluazinam detected in the rapidly increasing Phytophthora infestans clonal lineage EU-37 (Dark Green 37)

Results from Wageningen University & Research shows that all P. infestans EU-37 isolates tested, displayed a reduced sensitivity to fluazinam. There is a strong indication that the rise of EU-37 in Europe is not only caused by its better fitness but also by a selection advantage in situations in which fluazinam is used.

International Congress of Plant Pathology 2018

Leading experts from around the world will present the latest advances and innovations, celebrate progress, and set a vision for assuring plant health in a global economy. The vision of the Congress - An engaged world community of plant health scientists advancing knowledge for a safe, affordable, secure supply of food, feed, and fiber for a growing population - reflects the broad and unique position plant pathology holds within the international community of scientists.