Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII

Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII. © RBG KEW

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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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Date: 12th February 2015

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