Potato value chain in Chile

The project offers scientific cooperation for potato research, incl phytophthora resistance, and continues to establish the Netherlands as the leading potato nation for all Chilean stakeholders, as a country of reference for solving bottlenecks in the local potato production and processing.

Objectives of the project

Late blight is considered as the most important limiting factor in production in Chile. The population consists of the A1 mating type but is more aggressive than 10 years ago. On Chiloe Island late blight has been very aggressive in some years resulting in complete crop failures. The extension to small farmers is organised by INDAP and is very important to transfer knowledge on best practices to control late blight. In the breeding program of INIA late blight resistance is a very important trait. INIA has set up a breeding program to combine the good traits of native varieties (late blight resistance, colour, taste) with the commercial varieties. Viruses and nematodes (region VII: La Serena) pose problems as well. The project aims at increased experience and knowledge about Phytophthoraresistance and local varieties, adding Chile to DuRPh-project.


  • Road Map to a sustainable potato chain in Chile
  • A popular article
  • Visit INIA Intihuasi and Seed Bank in Vicuña: A report of the visit is reported on the INIA website with the titel: Investigadores INIA se reúnen con especialistas en papa de Holanda (http://www.inia.cl/link.cgi/Intihuasi/Noticias/10316)