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Potato germplasm collecting expedition to the Guaitecas and Chonos Archipelagos, Chile, 1990
- Contreras, A., Ciampi, L., Padulosi, S., Spooner, D.M.
- Potato research 1993 v.36 no.4 pp. 309
- Solanum tuberosum, wild relatives, potatoes, plant genetic resources, germplasm, germplasm conservation, scientific expeditions, Fragaria chiloensis, islands, Chile
- A joint Chilean, Italian, and United States potato (Solanum tuberosum) germplasm collecting expedition was conducted in the Guaitecas and Chonos Archipelagos, south of Chiloe Island, between March 4 - March 21, 1990. The expedition resulted in 30 collections of Solanum tuberosum and 1 collection of Fragaria chiloensis L. Twenty-three of the potato collections were along the salt-water-swept shores of the islands. These beach populations, unlike the indigenous landraces in southern Chile, are self-perpetuating populations and,.provide useful new germplasm for researchers interested in the origin of cultivated potatoes and in the origin of Solanum tuberosum in Chile.