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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.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 10645482

Date: 12th February 2015

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Owner URL: http://www.kew.org/

Credit: Copyright RBG Kew

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

Image Size: 3861 x 3103 Pixels

Filesize is 2.61MB

Associated Categories: History

Associated Categories: History

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