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Less than half of potatoes produced are consumed fresh, with the rest processed into food products and ingredients, used to feed animals or used for industrial purposes. The potato industry relies on breeding programmes to produce new varieties of potato which appeal to the consumer, or with characteristics required by the processing industry. Plant & Food Research works with industry to develop new cultivars, as well as sustainable production systems which allow growers to optimise water and nitrogen inputs and predict maturity and yield. We also develop integrated approaches to control of pests and diseases, including the tomato/potato psyllid.