Alpine Russet: A Potato Cultivar Having Long Tuber Dormancy Making it Suitable for Processing from Long-term Storage

Jonathan L. Whitworth, Richard G. Novy, Jeffrey C. Stark, Joseph J. Pavek, Dennis L. Corsini, Steven L. Love, Nora Olsen, Sanjay K. Gupta, Tina Brandt, M. Isabel Vales, Alvin R. Mosley, Solomon Yilma, Steve R. James, Dan C. Hane, Brian A. Charlton, Clinton C. Shock, N. Richard Knowles, Mark J. Pavek, Jeffrey S. Miller, Charles R. Brown

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Alpine Russet is a later maturing, oblong-long, lightly russeted potato cultivar, notable for having tuber dormancy comparable to Russet Burbank. Processing quality of Alpine Russet from long-term storage is superior to Russet Burbank, with low percent reducing sugars and uniform fry color due to a low percentage difference of sugars between the bud and stem ends. Alpine Russet yields were comparable to Russet Burbank in early harvest trials and were comparable or significantly larger in late harvest trials depending on the location. At two late season locations, Alpine Russet had the largest total and percent No. 1 yields and the largest percent mid-range No. 1 tubers compared to Ranger Russet and Russet Burbank. It has moderately high specific gravity and is resistant to most external and internal defects. Alpine Russet has been evaluated in public and industry trials throughout the Western U. S. for over 15 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-268
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Potato Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011

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Acknowledgements The authors thank Margaret Bain, Mel Chappell, Lorie Ewing, Nora Fuller, Mark Fristad, Darren Hall, Charlene Miller, Tom Salaiz, Brian Schneider, Lura Schroeder, Penny Tubbs, Steven Wheeler, and Jim Whitmore, as well as our collaborators in the Western Regional Potato Variety Trials, and the Idaho, Oregon and Washington Potato Commissions for their contributions to the development and release of Alpine Russet. We also express thanks to Dave Hammond from Lamb Weston, Kennewick, WA as well as our other industry cooperators for their substantial contributions to this research effort. Development of Alpine Russet was partially funded by the USDA/CSREES Special Potato Program Grant.


  • Breeding
  • French fry
  • Solanum tuberosum
  • Tuber dormancy
  • Variety


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