Development of new varieties with a higher yield and lower environmental impact
The development of new varieties with high intrinsic qualities, for cultivation under difficult
conditions, such as heat or drought or in poor soil, is a spearhead in our breeding strategy and it is right at the heart of our mission*. Research & Development (R&D) therefore plays an important part in our business operations.
With a wide network of trial field locations around the world, we have included the most important climates and cultivation conditions in our variety testing. We aim to improve the performance of our varieties even further with research into the best degree of irrigation and fertilisation per variety.
R&D conducts projects on stress (challenging conditions such as heat, drought, poor soil) among other things. These projects focus on the development of varieties with a high yield, supplemented with various resistances. We want to increase the yield for growers of seed potatoes as well as the yield for the grower at the final destination.
One example of a young variety with great potential for stressful cultivation areas is Panamera. The particular characteristics of this variety are its tolerance of heat and drought, nitrogen efficiency and Phytophthora resistance. This results in higher yields during drought conditions and saves grower costs.
Our nursery is fed, in part, by our group of exclusive affiliated breeders, who join our internal selection programme from the fourth test year.