Dutch hybrid potato breeder Solynta announced a new partnership with seed enhancement company Incotec at the International Seed Federation congress on May 16, a news release said.
The agreement will allow the companies to deepen their collaboration and provide the highest quality hybrid true potato seeds to the market, the release said. Hybrid true potato seeds offer numerous advantages to growers and other actors in the distribution chain due to their compactness, rapid scaling, availability for year-round planting and other benefits.
The release noted Solynta and Incotec have been cooperating since 2013 on several research projects involving true potato seeds. These projects include co-run trials and scaling up production of hybrid true potato seeds and seed enhancement techniques.
“By partnering with Incotec, Solynta will benefit from Incotec’s expertise in seed technology and ensure its hybrid true potato seeds are not only genetically successful but also provide the most advanced seed enhancements available,” the release said.
The released noted Incotec is a global seed enhancement company based out of the Netherlands. It has developed numerous technologies, including a new pelletization method and innovative seed priming formula.
“Extending our seed enhancement technologies to true potato seeds is a significant step forward in line with our purpose of helping to create a more sustainable food-secure global future,” Erik Jan Bartels, managing director of Incotec, said in the release.
Pelleting true potato seeds helps to improve the seed sowability by creating a uniform round shape and size. Priming the seeds helps to improve germination strength and uniformity. This seed technology will allow Solynta’s true potato seeds to succeed in diverse growing environments across the globe, the release said.