Breeding, Europe, UK, Ireland, News December 2021, Sustainability, Varieties

EUROPLANT: Innovative potato varieties ‘protect the environment and the farmer’s wallet’

EUROPLANT presents its innovative potato varieties with high nutrient efficiency characteristics. The company’s high- yielding and high-quality specialty varieties for low input production are said to protect the environment and save costs.

The rising energy prices of recent months are also leading to significantly increasing costs in potato production. The energy-intensive production of nitrogen fertilisers in particular is increasingly burdening the prices for mineral fertilisers. This does not remain without effect on potato production.

However, not only rising costs, but also increasing demands from environmental and groundwater protection are leading to calls for higher nutrient efficiency and a wide ecological spread of modern varieties.

EUROPLANT is meeting these requirements as part of its Grow Green sustainability offensive. For many years now, the focus of EUROPLANT’s variety development has been on improving natural resistance to potato diseases and pests, increasing resilience to environmental factors and enhancing cultivation efficiency combined with stable varietal characteristics in terms of taste and appearance.

The result of this work is a selection of special varieties for low input production. EUROPLANT’s innovative varieties for low input production are very efficient at acquiring and converting nutrients, enabling them to achieve a high yield of consistent quality with a reduced supply of nutrients.

“By cultivating of our innovative varieties, plant cultivation input costs can be reduced. This protects the environment and the farmer’s wallet,” says Jörg Eggers, Managing Director of EUROPLANT Pflanzenzucht GmbH.

Currently, 17 potato varieties are assigned to the low input program. “We distinguish between two groups: potato varieties of the PREMIUM category that require 12.5 % less nitrogen fertiliser, and in the GOLD category it is even 25 %,” explains Jörg Eggers.

The PREMIUM varieties include, for example, the mainly firm cooking Danina, the firm cooking Simonetta (variety of the year 2021/2022) and the floury cooking Karelia. Omega and Rumba as processing varieties also have a nitrogen fertiliser requirement reduced by 12.5 %.

The mainly firm cooking varieties Coronada, Floridana and Jelly as well as Annalena, Bernina and Torenia from the firm cooking segment are assigned to the GOLD category.

Source: EUROPLANT
Photo: EUROPLANT variety Simonetta
Further information:
EUROPLANT Pflanzenzucht GmbH
Wulf-Werum-Str. 1 ∙ D-21337 Lüneburg
Phone +49 04131 748005
[email protected]
About:
EUROPLANT is an innovative, internationally operating trading firm for seed potatoes. The EUROPLANT Group is active in more than 70 countries and has a worldwide distribution network comprising 13 subsidiaries and other contractors. The EUROPLANT Group distributes worldwide a total of about 250,000 tonnes of seed potatoes – a total of 125,000 tonnes on the German market. Besides the worldwide exclusive distribution of protected varieties, EUROPLANT offers their customers an extensive portfolio of customer and advisory services, and supports the customer needs in the different sales markets. With a team of more than 250 well- qualified employees, EUROPLANT has the necessary human resources to meet the high international quality standards. The managing directors of the company are Jörg Eggers and Jörg Renatus.

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