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Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII

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Supplies of seed potatoes were insufficient to demand during WWII, so Wiliam Campbell, Curator of Kew Gardens devised a method of growing potatoes using slices from the tuber instead. This proved successful. To make them light enough to be transported by plane, slices were dried out in trays of peat for two weeks before ebing sent to Malta, Cyprus and Palestine.

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Media ID 10645482

Date: 12th February 2015

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Filename: p159 - 006838LA20120725-103 potato cuttings women 1940s.jpg

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