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Solanum chacoense

Common Name(s) Ahuara papa, Papa ra, Para papa, Papa de zorro
Solanum chacoense plant
Solanum chacoense plant
Code chc
Synonyms S. arnezii, S. bitteri, S. boergeri, S. calvescens, S. emmeae, S. garciae, S. gibberulosum, S. guaraniticum, S. horovitzii, S. jujuyense, S. knappei, S. laplaticum, S. muelleri, S. parodi, S. saltense, S. schickii, S. subtilius, S. yungasense
Clade 4
Series Yungasense
Ploidy Diploid (2x), less commonly triploid (3x)
EBN 2
Tuberization Photoperiod Varies
Self-compatible No (some exceptions)
Genome
AA
Cytoplasm Type W (Hosaka 2009)
Citation
Bitter: Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11: 18. 1912.

Description

Solanum chacoense distribution map
Solanum chacoense distribution map

Solanum chacoense (chacoense means “from Chaco,” and probably refers to Chaco, Argentina but there are a number of places named Chaco in the range of this plant) is a very diverse and widely spread species, ranging from Peru south and east into Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil, where it grows from sea level up to about 6500 feet (2000 m).  Plants are typically between 1 and 2 feet tall, with narrow strongly pointed leaves.  It grows in a wide variety of habitats and is common weed of cultivated ground as well.  Tubers are typically small, mostly less than an inch, occasionally reaching as much as three inches.  They are usually white to tan in color, less commonly blue, usually with prominent lenticels.

Although most South American wild potato species are short day tuberizers, some accessions of S. chacoense are able to tuberize under long days.

Resistances

Some accessions of S. chacoense deter the feeding of Colorado potato beetle and many other insects due to leptines (acylated glycoalkaloids) in the foliage.  Leptines are not common in S. chacoense and so far have not been found at all in other potato species (Sinden 1986).  Leptines were not found to accumulate in the tubers even when allowed to green (Sinden 1986b).  Sinden (1980) found the least damage from Colorado potato beetle in varieties that had forms of commersonine as their primary glucoalkaloids.

This species can survive frosts down to 26 degrees F (-3.5 C) (Li 1977).  Vega (1995) found that this species is about as frost tolerant as domesticated potato.

Condition Type Level of Resistance Source
Aphids Invertebrate Somewhat resistant Adams 1946
Bacterial ring rot Bacterium Somewhat resistant Ross 1958
Bacterial Wilt Bacterium Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Colorado Potato Beetle Invertebrate Somewhat resistant Stelzner 1943, Schaper 1953, Torka 1943, Machida-Hirano 2015
Drought Abiotic Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Frost Abiotic Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Heat Abiotic Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Late Blight Fungus Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Potato cyst nematode Invertebrate Somewhat resistant Ochoa 1990
Potato leaf miner Invertebrate Somewhat resistant Ochoa 1990
Potato leafhopper Invertebrate Somewhat resistant Sleesman 1940
Potato Leafroll Virus Virus Somewhat resistant Ross 1950, Ross 1958, Ochoa 1990
Potato tuber moth Invertebrate Somewhat resistant Ochoa 1990
Potato Virus X Virus Somewhat resistant Lebedeva 1978, Machida-Hirano 2015
Potato Virus Y Virus Somewhat resistant, Resistant Ross 1950, Ross 1958, Ochoa 1990Chung 2011, Machida-Hirano 2015
Potato Virus Y, C Strain Virus Resistant Takacs 1999 (as S. arnezii)
Root Knot Nematode Invertebrate Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Scab Bacterium Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Scab Bacterium Immune Reddick 1939
Soft Rot / Blackleg Bacterium Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015
Verticillium wilt Fungus Somewhat resistant Lynch 1997
Wart Fungus Somewhat resistant Machida-Hirano 2015, Ross 1958

Glykoalkaloid content

The glycoalkaloid composition of S. chacoense varies considerably between accessions.  Sinden (1980), found six different glycoalkaloid profiles for this species: commersonine; solanine; dyhydrocommersonine; leptines and commersonine; solanine and chaconine; dihydrosolanine and dihydrochaconine; and leptines with dihydrosolanine and dihydrochaconine.   Sinden (1986b) found TGA levels ranging from 134 to 279 mg / 100 g across three clones of S. chacoense.

Images

Solanum chacoense plant
Solanum chacoense plant
Solanum chacoense flower
Solanum chacoense flower
Solanum chacoense flowers
Solanum chacoense flowers
Flower of the wild potato species Solanum chacoense
Solanum chacoense flower
Berries of the wild potato species Solanum chacoense
Solanum chacoense berries
     
       

Cultivation

Bamberg (2017) found a 306% increase in seed set in this species with supplemental applications of liquid fertilizer at four and seven weeks after potting.

I recommend isolating S. chacoense from domesticated diploids by at least 40 feet if you will be saving seed.  This species appears to be a very effective pollinator and progeny of crosses with diploid S. tuberosum are mostly bitter.

S. chacoense has shown a significant ability to naturalize and become weedy in foreign environments (Simon 2010).  Care should be taken to prevent this species from escaping and growing unmanageably, a precaution that should be taken with all wild potato species until you have experience with them.  There is a lot of rainfall in most of its native range, but it appears to tolerate drought very well.

Breeding

Lynch (1997) identified a dominant, single gene source of Verticillium resistance in some accessions of S. chacoense.  This could likely be crossed into S. tuberosum without too much difficulty.

Ochoa (1990) reported that the pollen fertility of triploid S. chacoense (as S. yungasense) was 45-50%, a surprisingly high value for a triploid.

Crosses with S. tuberosum

Female Male Berry Set
Seed Set Germ Ploidy Source
S. chacoense S. tuberosum 2x Yes Yes     Ochoa (1990)
S. chacoense S. tuberosum 4x None None     Jackson (1999)
S. tuberosum 2x S. chacoense Yes Yes     Ochoa (1990)
S. tuberosum 4x S. chacoense Low Low     Jackson (1999)

Crosses with other species

Jackson (1999) found 2-11% 2n pollen for this species.

Female Male Berry Set
Seed Set Germ Ploidy Source
S. chacoense S. berthaultii High High     Ochoa (1990)
S. chacoense S. brevicaule (as S. vidaurrei) Yes Yes     Ochoa (1990)

References

Solanum chacoense at Solanaceae Source

Solanum chacoense at GRIN Taxonomy

Solanum chacoense at CIP

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