New breeding method

images magazine news 2012 september newbreeding sNew breeding method leads surprisingly fast to new varieties

Pim LindhoutProducing new resistant potato varieties without genetic modification. This is possible, because breeding company Solynta has introduced the new F1 hybrid breeding. The starting-point here is not potatoes but real seed. Crossing resistances in 5 years instead of 25 to 35. It is possible by breeding in diploid potatoes with the help of the newlydiscovered Sli gene as far back as the parent lines, as a result of which strong hybrid varieties can be developed. Why does Solynta not use the more common tetraploid potato? Joint owner Pim Lindhout enthusiastically explains the what and why.

Leo Hanse