Chip potato variety under threat

Experts have warned American farmers that the potato variety used for chips is under threat from global warming. It was reported by the Daily Mail on Tuesday, April 13.

The Russet Burbank variety is used to make French fries and is the most attractive to both consumers and the establishments that supply and purchase them. It has a high starch content, which allows the potatoes to take on a pleasant flavor when fried.

Right now, Idaho farmers in the U.S. are sounding the alarm that global warming is contributing to less mountain snow. This, in turn, suggests that it cannot be used to irrigate crops of the Russet Burbank variety.

Breeder and geneticist Richard Novi of the U.S. Department of Agriculture emphasized that usually a good snow cover appears by April. It then begins to melt, resulting in a necessary source of water for the potato. However, the less liquid it becomes, the faster the potatoes die.

A 2018 study showed that the amount of snow on Idaho mountain tops has decreased by 15 to 30 percent since the middle of the 20th century.

Right now, experts are trying to create a variety of potatoes that will not be affected by climate change. Farmers specify that the variability of the temperature level is the result of dark formations on the product, which spoils its taste.

Earlier in April, the publication Die Welt reported that bananas are also in danger of extinction. The reason for this is a highly infectious soil fungus, which is not amenable to chemicals.

Fruit expert at the marketing company AMI Ursula Schokemele said that due to the fact that this disease cannot be eliminated with special means, it will affect soils that will not be able to be removed from circulation for at least 30-40 years.