Averis Seeds B.V., a subsidiary of Royal Avebe, will work with Solynta on hybrid breeding of starch potato varieties, Averis Seeds says in a news release on April 15. Hybrid breeding allows for faster variety development than conventional breeding.
“Now that we can see the successful results of hybrid breeding, the time has come to use this technique for breeding starch potato varieties as well,” Johan Hopman, breeding and research manager at Averis, says in the release.
The release notes hybrid breeding is important to help make starch potato cultivation more sustainable. It allows for quicker changes to be made to address weather conditions and disease resistance. Faster potato breeding reduces the need for crop protection products and helps increase yields while using fertilizers more effectively.
Solynta has been working on Hybrid True Potato Seed for the last 12 years, the release says.
“This collaboration brings together Averis’ specific knowledge of properties and genetics for starch potato cultivation with Solynta’s hybrid breeding platform, creating a continuous stream of ever-improving varieties for Avebe’s growers,” Edwin van der Vossen, director research and development at Solynta.
Royal Avebe is a cooperative of 2,300 arable farmers in the Netherlands and Germany. Avebe develops new opportunities and applications based on starch potatoes, the release notes. The company has 1,300 employees and production sites in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden and sales offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.