Variety Presentation Days 2019: main objectives in breeding vary widely

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To the question ‘what is the most important focus in your breeding work at the moment’, we received a wide range of answers from the participating breeding and trading companies present at the annual variety presentation days in Emmeloord and its immediate surroundings.

To the question ‘what is the most important focus in your breeding work at the moment’, we received a wide range of answers from the participating breeding and trading companies present at the annual variety presentation days in Emmeloord and its immediate surroundings. Frequently heard responses were, we are looking for resistances, and for some people the focus is mainly on viruses because of the high percentage of virus reduction in recent years.


Leo Hanse en Jaap Delleman

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Erika den DaasErika den Daas, Meijer Potato, Rilland ‘We’ve been focusing very strongly on yield combined with resistances over the past few years.’

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Jan-Paul Bandsma, De Nijs, Warmenhuizen: ‘We think that the  rapid availability of varieties that are strong against viruses is very important.’
 
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Jan Paul Bandsma
Hans GelingHans Geling, Seed and Ware Potatoes at Schaap-Holland, Biddinghuizen: ‘What we’ve been urgently looking for is a replacement for the Agria.’
 
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Henk Holtslag, Stet Holland, Emmeloord: ‘Even more than before, we’re going to focus on developing and offering
robust varieties.’
 
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Henk Holtslag
Jos BusJos Bus, TPC, Emmeloord: ‘We put all our energy
into crossing  resistances.’
 
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Henk Offereins, Danespo Holland, Berltsum: ‘As Danespo Holland, we’re now fully engaged in the breeding and selection of French-fry varieties.’
 
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Henk Offereins
Remco KoemanRemco Koeman and Matthijs Kloek, Den Hartigh, Emmeloord: ‘We have a broad perspective that allows us to serve the entire playing field in the potato sector.’
 
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Jörg Renatus, Europlant, Lüneburg (D): ‘Our main objective is to develop varieties that contribute to sustainable potato cultivation.’
 
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Jorg Renatus
Henk FeddesHenk Feddes, Interseed, Dronten: ‘How are the
French-fry varieties doing in the factory? They are our number 1 priority.’
 
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Jan-Erik Geersing, Geersing Potato Specialist/Caithness Potatoes, Emmeloord: ‘All our attention is focused on Phytophthora, which won’t surprise anyone in the industry.’
 
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Jan Erik Geersing
Jeroen van SoesbergenJeroen van Soesbergen, Plantera, Marknesse: ‘I think that, at the  moment, we’re focusing most on climate change in our breeding work.
 
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Tigran Richter, Norika, Sanitz (D): ‘We’ve embedded the key concepts of sustainability and yield security in all our breeding programmes.’
 
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Tigran Richter 
Rindert DankertRindert Dankert, Selection Company Kooi, Leeuwarden: ‘Our focus for many years has been on breeding early varieties.’
 
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Gerard Schenk, Agroplant, Medemblik: ‘In the past few years, we’ve also invested a lot of time and energy in the development and marketing of French-fry and crisps.
 
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Gerard Schenk
Harry van de VijverHarry van de Vijver, Germicopa, Quimper (F): ‘The ban on CIPC has been a focal point for us in breeding for quite some time.’
 
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Dirk van Dijken, Royal ZAP/Semagri, Wieringerwerf:
‘Customers are looking for varieties that they can sell exclusively in their market.’
 
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Dirk van Dijken
Colm McDonnelColm McDonnel, IPM, Dublin (Ireland): ‘If you want to
be successful in breeding, it’s especially important to have a vision of the future.
 
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Sjefke Allefs, Agrico Research, Bant: ‘It’s imperative that we get decent virus resistance in our varieties.’
 
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Sjefke Allefs
Robert GravelandRobert Graveland, HZPC, Joure: ‘We want to increase the return and lower the risk.’
 
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