A new dual-cropping plant named "Egg and Chips" grows four eggplants from its stem and over four pounds of potatoes from its roots. Experts say this plant not only saves gardening space, but the hardy potato plants actually support the eggplants, whose roots are more delicate.
A new hybrid center pivot irrigation system sprays water above ground and pulls less water from underground, ultimately reducing the amount needed to grow potato crops.
Following some careful ancient DNA detective work, researchers believe they have tracked down the origin of Phytophthora infestans, which is the pathogen responsible for the 19th century Irish potato famine.
In The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) uses his knowledge of botany to successfully grow potatoes and lengthen his food supply while stranded on Mars. While his methods are sound, researchers are curious about whether it could actually be done.