Ensuring genetic diversity
We aim to conserve the genetic diversity of the potato as a crop. This natural treasure will therefore also be available for future generations.
Genetic diversity (differences in origin) is extremely important for the global food supply. As a breeding company, we must be able to anticipate the changing requirements associated with the cultivation of potatoes, as well as changing conditions.
New diseases and pests might come into play, the climate changes and the world population grows. The demand for sustainable products also increases and consumer needs change. The solution to new problems can sometimes be found in the properties of old varieties, in plants in other countries (in agricultural systems or outside them) or in gene banks.
We focus on:
- Supporting and collaborating with gene banks around the world
- Making it possible to use genetic material freely for further breeding (breeders' exemption)
- Complying with the Nagoya Protocol
- The development of new potato varieties in order to safeguard genetic diversity