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Sedal F1 * raises the standard for quality and plant health in late cucumber

Sedal F1 * raises the standard for quality and plant health in late cucumber
Photo: Sedal F1 by BASF

The Q-green variety from BASF has triple resistance to yellow vein viruses, yellowing and powdery mildew, also providing a uniform size throughout the cycle.

If you are a cucumber producer and you are looking for production and tranquility, Sedal F1 is your best asset. This variety of long late cucumber from BASF (transplants from October 10) can help you achieve the highest possible benefits. But how?

“With Sedal F1, we ​​improve plant health and, above all, fruit quality with respect to the rest of commercial varieties of the late segment,” said Antonio Manuel Alonso, senior sales specialist for cucumber at BASF, who details that it has typical resistance a virus of the yellow veins (CVYV), yellowish (CYSDV) and powdery mildew, in addition to having a good behaviour against Micopharella.

Sedal F1 is a vigorous variety, strong and vegetative plant, ideal for growing in high greenhouses with low relative humidity. But if it stands out for something, it is its fruit quality. “The cucumbers are very dark, shiny, and without a bottleneck and they maintain their calibre throughout the cycle. Most of the varieties on the market have very short or very long fruits, with a long neck,” said Alonso.

Sedal F1 is a Q-green variety, BASF seal that identifies cucumbers in the different typologies with ‘excellence in fruit quality’, providing in turn a great post-harvest.

BASF has organised a series of visits for small groups of producers and marketers, thus adapting to current security measures, to show them the versatility of the F1 line. “Farmers are obtaining very good results in plantations from Motril to Roquetas de Mar,” said Alonso.


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BASF enlarges its lettuce portfolio with more resistant varieties to cover the entire cycle

BASF enlarges its lettuce portfolio with more resistant varieties to cover the entire cycle

The agricultural seeds division, which is introducing new Little Gem, Romaine, Mini Romaine and Iceberg varieties, is also working on developing new Fusarium-resistant spinach

Between 15 and 19 February, BASF is holding a new Lettuce & Spinach Demo Field event at its facility in La Palma in Cartagena (Murcia) to showcase its new varieties and concepts in different types of lettuce and spinach. Observing strict hygiene and safety measures, technical and sales managers will be on hand to conduct personalized tours with clients as well as holding virtual meetings on request.

Once again, this year the BASF agricultural seeds division is organizing its Demo Field around a series of concepts which address current and future consumer needs. These concepts are grouped into four main sections: Taste and Appearance, uniting pleasure and flavour; Technology, focused on production efficiency solutions and including a strong commitment to mechanical harvesting; The Chef’s Lettuce, featuring varieties for use in the kitchen in sandwiches, burgers and snacks; and finally, Convenience, with user-friendly varieties that promote a healthier diet.

BASF is introducing new varieties in the different types of lettuce which meet a triple objective: completing the growing cycle in Spain, providing added resistance, and offering more versatile varieties, explains Carlos del Espino, Lettuce Account Manager at BASF. Theras* and VS15**, a new variety currently in development, are the new Little Gems, the former for an autumn-winter cycle and the latter for spring. Both are resistant to mildew and aphids and suitable for double purpose; in other words, thanks to their easy leaf removal they are ideal for sale either loose or as hearts. With these two new varieties, BASF continues to round off a range that already boasts Thicket* and Thespian, two extremely versatile Little Gems that cover the whole production cycle.

In the Mini Romaine range BASF is launching two new varieties: VS73**, in red (currently in development), and NUN 06574*, in green. The former is recommended for late autumn and winter plantings, while the latter has a longer cultivation calendar: late autumn, winter and early spring. Both stand out for their excellent shape and colour, which in the case of the red VS73** variety even reaches its innermost leaves, as well as being resistant to mildew and aphids. Meanwhile, Winbee* is the BASF variety for late winter and spring cultivation, being notable for its excellent tolerance to tip burn.

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Tropic Biosciences partners with BASF to develop innovative traits for growers

Tropic Biosciences partners with BASF to develop innovative traits for growers


Norwich, U.K., July 23 2020 — Tropic Biosciences announces their research agreement with BASF to utilize Tropic’s ground-breaking GEiGS™ (Gene Editing induced Gene Silencing) technology to develop traits to address growers’ most critical challenges in protecting crops.

The collaboration applies the Tropic Bios-cience GEiGS™ platform within BASF’s strate-gic crop varieties and utilizes BASF’s expertise in the development of agricultural traits. “Our R&D teams must continue to innovate to address the most pressing challenges in agriculture, so we welcome this new tool to accelerate the delivery of sustainable trait solutions to farmers,” said Brian Vande Berg, Vice President of Trait Research in BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division. Under the agreement, Tropic Biosciences will generate GEiGS™ candidates that have the possibility to enter the BASF discovery pipeline for deve-lopment of disease and pest control traits.

Jack Peart, Chief Commercial Officer of Tropic Biosciences, commented: “We are excited to make the GEiGS™ platform available for use by other companies and we are delighted to see it being applied not only in tropical crops but now in row crops through our collaboration with BASF.” He went on to say that “GEiGS™ is a powerful platform that allows us to address some of the most critical disease and pest pressures faced by growers today.” 

GEiGS™ technology utilizes established genome editing tools to make precise and specific changes to only a few nucleotides within non-coding genomic locations of a host organism. These changes redirect RNA interference (RNAi, also Gene Silencing) activity of non-coding genes towards target genes, including those belonging to pathogens and pests. The approach does not depend on the introduction of foreign genes into the host genome.

Tropic Biosciences developed GEiGS™ to support its own product development, for example to produce lines of banana that are resistant to Panama disease, a devastating fungal disease that is threatening production globally. “Our aim is to help farmers increase productivity and improve sustainable environmental practices for tropical crops by applying cutting-edge gene editing technologies,” said Gilad Gershon, CEO of Tropic Biosciences. “GEiGS™ is attractive for us as it radically expands our ability to develop and commercialize non-transgenic disease resistance traits.”

About Tropic Biosciences

Tropic Biosciences is a UK-based biotechnology company focused on utilizing advanced plant breeding and gene editing technologies to develop high-performing commercial tropical crops, namely coffee and bananas. It employs over 60 industry-leading professionals and is headquartered at the renowned Norwich Research Park, where it has access to cutting-edge facilities and a highly qualified workforce. For more information please visit

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2019, our division generated sales of €7.8 billion. For more information, please visit or any of our social media channels.

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New Nunhems® lettuces conquer consumers with their taste

New Nunhems® lettuces conquer consumers with their taste

They are varieties adapted to high-density cultivation and mechanized harvesting

Since yesterday until next Friday, at the BASF experimental station in the Murcian town of La Palma. Nunhems®, BASF’s horticultural seed brand, is presenting during the field demonstration days the new varieties that are determined to change the rules of the international lettuce market, both for their organoleptic qualities and for their suitability for high-density cultivation and mechanised harvesting.

Nunhems®’s strong commitment to taste is clearly reflected in its new generation of Romaine lettuces. As a novelty for growing table, Magistral is presented for harvesting from the end of February to the beginning of April. MAGISTRAL* is a compact and very heavy variety that includes high resistance to Tip Burn and other agronomic advantages inherited from GLAMORAL, the market-leading variety in winter. Both varieties together with SIDERAL, complete the harvesting calendar from November to July.

In the range of Romaine lettuces, Nunhems® goes further and commits to the tendency to grow smaller and more compact varieties, with the aim of encouraging consumption in Spain, by offering lettuces that are better suited to consumer demands. Smaller Romaine- type lettuces, that weigh around 450 grams per piece, will introduce in the domestic market, a new concept inspired by British consumer habits. “Our market studies confirm that the consumption and market value of romaine lettuce in Spain is decreasing. This is due to the lack of harmony between the current supply of too large and over-ripe romaine lettuce which affects its flavour and consumption experience, and the demand of the current consumer who is more focused on the organoleptic quality of romaine”, explains Alfonso Fernández, lettuce specialist at BASF Vegetable Seeds.

Therefore, more flavour and smaller calibre are the new attributes added to the already complete, range of Nunhems® Romaine.

Romaine’s Industry

Special mention of the novelties in the Romaine typology is required, especially indicated for industrial processing and suitable for mechanised harvesting. This year we present NUN 6193 LTL, with a dark green colour to the taste of consumers in Northern Europe, and NUN 06567 LTL with a lighter colour, in accordance with consumer trends in Southern Europe. Both varieties offer a high yield per square metre and are characterised by their extra-sweet taste. In both cases, their suitability for processing and resisting to oxidation after mechanical cutting is very good.

Mini Romaine

In the Mini-Romaine lettuce category, Basf has presented NUN 06549 LTL, a classic mini-romaine that stands out for its wide harvesting calendar throughout the winter and spring and also because it has an extraordinary resistance to Tip Burn (from mid-February to summer). It is a guarantee of size, formation, flavour and resistance to Tip Burn. In addition to the technical field sessions, Nunhems® will hold next Thursday in La Puebla the event ‘Romaine Revolution’, in which several experts will offer updated information to know in depth the market and consumer trends in Romaine. Representatives of companies such as Hispatec and Kantar Worldpanel Spain will participate.

New trend in Multileaf®

For the first time, Nunhems® develops suitable Multileaf® varieties adapted to mechanised harvesting, with the aim of reducing labour costs and responding to the demand of the processing markets in Northern Europe, where labour availability is beginning to pose a problem. In this line, Multigreen 114* is presented, standing out for its performance and for offering a very complete resistance package. Multigreen 114* incorporates the signs of identity that already defined the Nunhems® Multileaf® range, such as high productivity per hectare and resistance to oxidation after cutting.


In Iceberg lettuce, the Nunhems® varieties are differentiating themselves by demonstrating excellent field performance and quality, which has already earned the trust of producers. This year, Nunhems® introduces new features that allow harvesting calendars to be extended to ensure a continued supply of Iceberg and to deliver the highest quality product throughout the year.

Goldiva* is one of the highlights at Iceberg, with a very long harvesting period and a freshly cut appearance at all times. NUN 216 LTL, with high resistance to Tip Burn is incorporated for the summer cycle.

In the Little Gem category, Nunhems® has introduced Thicket* for the autumn-winter campaign and Thespian* for the summer campaign. Both varieties offer the highest standards of quality and resistance.

Complete Spinach Programs

In the field demonstration that concludes next Friday, you can also learn about two important novelties in spinach. Serpens, with excellent quality and resistance to leaf spot for the autumn and spring cycles, and Regor, with vigour, quality and yield for the winter cycle.

With these two novelties, Nunhems® reinforces a wide range of spinach varieties for the entire sowing calendar. “Our mission is to offer to the whole chain, safe and profitable varieties for any crop cycle, so that complete spinach programmes can be tackled and buyers can be loyal”, according to Carlos del Espino, spinach specialist at BASF Vegetable Seeds.

* Provisional Marketing Approval granted and in process of applying for inclusion in the EC Common Catalogue of Vegetable Varieties.

About BASF

BASF produces chemistry for a sustainable future, combining economic success with environmental protection, without forgetting social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees of the BASF Group contribute to customers success practically in every sector in almost every country in the world. The portfolio is divided into five sections: chemicals, high-performance products, functional materials and solutions, agricultural solutions, gas and oil. In 2017, BASF recorded sales of 64.5 billion euros. BASF’s shares are listed on the Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS) stock exchanges.

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About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions Division

With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and a healthy environment. By working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, our role is to help make it happen. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D portfolio and a broad portfolio that includes seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital agriculture. We have teams of experts in laboratories, in the field, in offices and in production, to translate innovative thinking into practical action, to create ideas that work in the real world for farmers, society and the planet. In 2017, our division generated sales of €5.7 billion.

For more information, visit or any of our social networking channels.