The Oregon Potato Research/Extension Professorship

In 2012 a $500,000 commitment from the Oregon Potato Commission created an endowment to help fund a plant breeder to lead OSU's potato development efforts. Holders of this position will work to create new varieties of potatoes that are more nutritious and resist pests and diseases, including late blight. They will also circulate new information to farmers and processors.

The Oregon Potato Commission is one of 25 agricultural commodity commissions in Oregon. It was formed in 1949 to represent the potato industry in educational, trade development, research, legislative affairs, and public relations activities.


Sagar Sathuvalli

Sagar SathuvalliSagar Sathuvalli, an assistant professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Science, became the inaugural Oregon Potato Research/Extension Professor in 2012. He is based at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Prior to his appointment Sathuvalli worked at OSU as a post-doctoral research associate in hazelnut breeding and genetics. A native of India, he earned doctoral and master's degrees in horticulture from Oregon State.





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