The British Potato Variety Database

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Welcome to the British Potato Variety Database

Use the tabs above to

  • search for varieties by name or characteristic,
  • print a handbook of variety information,
  • look at indexes of breeders, breeder's agents or related organisations or,
  • check out the advantages of British seed potatoes and the British seed potato classification schemes.
  • New varieties added!

    The following varieties have been added on the database in July 2014: Arizona, Compass, Infinity, Jelly, Panther, Royal, Setanta, Pizazz and Ellie. The last 2 varieties await final IVT data in 2015.

    Final IVT data has also been entered for Bute, Wizard, Jester, Gatsby, La Strada and Manhattan.

    Varieties in current Independant Variety Trials (IVT) programme

    The varieties currently in IVT tests in 2014 are Arsenal, Dolly, Edony, Gwenne, Ivory Russet and Venezia.

    Black scurf data

    Due to a high level of statistical variability in varietal differences between years in the Black Scurf test data, resulting in inconsistent resistance ratings for this pathogen; scores for Black Scurf have been removed from the site.


    Assessments of the reaction of existing varieties scoring 5 or more for foliar late blight have been made using the new aggressive 13_A2 genotype of the late blight fungus. Significant changes from historic ratings were recorded and have been up-dated on the database for the following varieties: Accent, Banba, Barna, Cosmos, Druid, Dundrod, Galactica, Habibi, Harlequin, Harmony, Kerr's Pink, Kikko, Kondor, Lady Balfour, Markies, Morene, Nadine, Orla, Pentland Dell, Pentland Ivory, Premiere, Remarka, Robinta, Romano, Sante, Setanta, Slaney, Spunta, Sunset and Verity.

    Sourcing British Seed Potatoes

    Click on flags for agent detailsThe Breeder's Agent should be contacted by those interested in varieties subject to Plant Breeders Rights.

    For varieties not subject to Plant Breeders Rights (i.e. freely available) the agent will normally be shown as GB Seed Industry. British seed producers of these varieties can be found by clicking on the the links to the Scottish or English Seed Potato Registers.

    If available, these links appear as national flags ( see image opposite) on variety description pages.

    National List and Independent Variety Trials

    The results of the National List and Independent Variety Trials are on a 1-9 scale where 1 shows a variety is susceptible and 9 shows it is resistant to a disease or damage.

    However, for most diseases, a very high resistance score should not be taken as indicating that a disease will be absent but that there is less risk of the disease developing on these varieties. In addition, pathogens may mutate and this may affect the resistance response of a variety in practice.


    The most recent additions to the database
  • Ellie
  • Pizazz
  • Setanta
  • Royal
  • Panther

  • Recent Visitors

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    PORTUGAL 12:25 12/10
    UNITED STATES 20:58 24/10
    POLAND 21:12 20/10

    Top 10 Varieties

    The most requested variety descriptions
  • Maris Piper
  • Desiree
  • Cara
  • Charlotte
  • Kestrel
  • Sarpo Mira
  • Anya
  • Vivaldi
  • Agria
  • Melody

  • Searches

    Recent visitors searching the database have been interested in the following characteristics: marketing qualities(40%), resistance to fungal diseases(16%), tubers(13%), administration(8%) and foliage(8%).