EUROPLANT breeds success

Successful breeding work implies knowing today what will be in line with the market tomorrow. This is our daily challenge.

In cooperation with our partners we are continuously defining guidelines, which are the basis of our daily variety selection work.
The main objectives of modern potato breeding are commitment to healthy nutrition, environmentally friendly production methods, and protection of natural resources.
The requirements of farmers, industry, trade, and consumers are steadily increasing.
This is a challenge for our research and breeding partners, trying to match these needs with adequate solutions.
In close collaboration with our customers we aim to optimise and accelerate our breeding work through permanent exchange of experiences.


Current methods of biotechnology and molecular biology have been a vital element of our potato breeding and multiplying for years.

in-vitro-culture- forms the principal item of the maintenance and rapid multiplication of our varieties.

The ELISA test – an immunological assay – provides a method for virus detection.

PCR-technologies allow the fast identification of varieties or breeding lines through genetic fingerprinting, and also permit the examination of breeding material for infections by different pathogens.

These methods are continuously adapted to current developments.

On account of market requirements and ultimately consumer needs, our different potato varieties have to undergo permanent specific application adaptations and optimisations.
Therefore all efforts in research and development are continuously aimed at adapting and optimising the potato varieties on offer.
Our market-oriented research, which seeks close co-operations with the industrial sector, is further anxious to develop innovative potato varieties for new areas of applications.


As a member of the "association for the promotion of private German plant breeding" EUROPLANT is involved in collective research projects of potato breeding companies and scientific institutions.
Current research subjects within the GFP are dealing with pathogens of potato diseases (Silver scurf, PVYntn, tobacco-Rattle-virus) and with the optimization of the potato as a dominant source of starch.

We are involved in different joint projects with university research groups; these projects are aimed at long-term maintenance of breeding progress and are supported by public funding.

New Breeding

BNA is doing more than 100 crossings every year. The initial crossings are based on selected parent plants from a large gene pool of breeding material and the international range of varieties.

The breeding- and approval process of a new variety usually takes ten years. During this time the new varieties are tested for more than forty characteristics. Next to the outer (external) tuber characteristics and foliage ratings there will be yield measurement, resistence- and quality test for the different uses of our/the potatoes.

The eight year selection process starts with over 300.000 seeds, which grow up to little potseedlings in our glasshouses and going to the fields afterwards. Each of those potato-seeds owns a different genotype and could be a potential new variety. In fact of the annual selection the number of stocks reduces enormous. After eight years only a handful of candidates are doing the next step to the official test in one of the federal plant variety offices in the EU. After a successful official test the breeder receives the permission for the commercial trade and the plant breeding rights of the new variety.

BNA has three new-breeding stations in different parts of Germany

Böhlendorf – Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania

Ebstorf – Lower Saxony

Kaltenberg – Bavaria

The following stations from our German breeding partners also complain our breeding activities.

Lenzen (Zuchtbetrieb R. Jacobs)

Petersgroden (Saatzucht Berding)

Warringholz (Saatzucht Pohl)

Mansholt Veredelingsbedrijf B.V. (Vierhuizen /Netherlands)

In addition to our German breeding work we have several breeding cooperation`s in the EU.

Those contacts are building a successful breeding network.

Healthy and efficient seed potatoes are the basis of quality potato production. Due to its vegetative nature, seed potato multiplication involves a high potential risk of disease transmission.With the development of bioengineering techniques, new developements in maintenance breeding have emerged. Single plants are no longer the basis of maintenance breeding. They have been replaced by plants from test tubes-so calles in-vitro-plants, which grow in our laboratory at BIOPLANT

At BIOPLANT tubers of disease- free and true-breeding parent material are used for the establishment of tissue cultures. The tops of the sprouts of these tubers are first disinfected and then cultivated in test tubes with specific nutrient media under sterile conditions. A few weeks later, small plants are developing in the test tubes. Mersitem culture and rapid multiplication serve to produce a gene bank (living collections). Each year this gene bank provides the new starting material for the following multiplication steps.

For multiplication purpose the plants are cut into two or three pieces under sterile conditions- each part must show at least one leaf, as the leaf axil contains a resting bud, which develops into a new shoot. This technique has the advantage of high multiplication rate and all season availability. By the same methos, we produce in-vitro-tubers; the pea-sized tubers are equally employed in maintenance breeding.

Each year , the BIOPLANT laboratory delivers more than 450.000 in-vitro plants to our Maintenace breeding stations. On the basis of in-vitro-technology, fast expansion of multiplication areas- very important for varietis that are most in demand-can be achieved at all times

Our maintenance breeding stations are situated in the healthiest regions:


Kehdingen – Lower Saxony
Böhlendorf – Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania
Kaltenberg – Bavaria

Destination
Cooking type
Maturity
Flesh colour
Nematode resistance
Site conditions
Form
Seed type
Skin colour
Variety name

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