The U of G-invented Yukon Gold potato was featured in an April 23 Maclean’s magazine article. The story discusses the 50th anniversary of the “game changing” potato and one man’s efforts to increase public awareness of the spud, including writing a textbook.
The Yukon Gold potato was created in 1966 by the late Gary Johnston, a plant breeder in U of G’s Ontario Agricultural College. Its popularity has made it a household name in Canada and beyond. This enhanced variety is also known for disease resistance and growing performance in North America.
In 2015, the Yukon Gold was named among Ontario’s top “game changing” discoveries in the past 100 years by the Council of Ontario Universities.