Canadian potato growers are looking for new varieties that can withstand global climate change and survive in new conditions. The new Red Fox variety, which was acquired by the Prince Edward Island Potato Council as part of Canada's crop breeding program seems to be suitable for this purpose.
Mary Kay Saunière, seed coordinator at the Potato Council, stated: “This is the first time the council has worked with a new potato variety from scratch. Through the bidding process, we gained access to the commercialization of this variety.”
The Potato Council board approved the name Red Fox as it believes it has a high potential for promoting red potatoes. “The Red Fox will do well and help people identify this variety with the island where it was bred,” says Saunière.
Saunière said that they have been growing this variety for several years in different territories and conditions.