About the book
On one hand, current food production is insufficient against the rapidly increasing world population, on the other hand, cultivated areas covering 3% of the total world surface area are getting narrowed rapidly due to erosion, salinity, acidity, intensive agriculture, and extreme grazing. It is estimated that cultivated area per capita will be decreased to 0.15 hectare in 2050. In addition, finding the required water sources for modern agriculture will be more difficult because of increasing water consumption and water dirtiness. Moreover, food production will be negatively affected by the changes in world climate caused by global warming. That is why high-yielded new cultivars should be improved and cultivated to meet the food demand of the increasing world population. Potato is one of the high-yielded crops and ranks fourth in terms of nutritional importance after wheat, rice, and corn in the world. It comes second after egg due to the important amino acids, vitamins and minerals it contains. The use of healthy seed tubers is the most important factor in increasing potato production. On the other hand, it is extremely important to store and protect the product obtained from the harvest under appropriate conditions. It is hoped that this book will guide producers and researchers in solving the problems in potato cultivation.