Robert W. Hoopes, Ph.D. stands in front of his Wall of Potato Variety Patents at the Frito-Lay Research facility in Rhinelander WI where he has worked since 1987 developing through a hybridization breeding program superior potatoes which are gorwn all over the world for Pepsi potato chips. He holds more potato patents and plant variety protection than anyone in the world. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology from Cornell University and during his career has conducted potato germplasm expeditions during which he found 3 new species, one of which was named after him by the taxonomist, Jack Hawkes of Birmingham UK. It has a deeply pigmented blue / purple flower and is named, Solanum Hoopesii and is archived at the USDA plant repository along with his 300+ expedition accessions in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
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