What makes it special?
According to Brenes, this renewed tuber ensures the agriculturist not only immunity to usual pests in crops such as “late blight” and “leaf miner”, but also generates a significant reduction in expenses on pesticides and fungicides, precisely because of its improved resistance, a feature that increases the competitiveness of the product in the market.
The elaborated field evaluations confirmed the absence of damage in the related tubers, with fungi or soil bacteria.
Brenes also explained that “Elbe” variety has a high content of dry matter and low levels of reducing sugars, something essential for the industry, since it facilitates the use of potatoes for toasted flakes or canes for French fries.
At the cooking level, the potato has an excellent behavior also, for example, for the preparation of dishes, such as picadillo, mashed potatoes and soup.
“Elbe” has a new level in crop yield, so it can generate up to 50 tons per hectare planted in a 120-day life cycle.