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Gialiano, the Top Seeds International pepper beats the spanish cold

Gialiano, the Top Seeds International pepper beats the spanish cold

Thanks to the plant’s specific low-temperature resistance, the bright red variety      delivers top yields and quality even this year.

Galiano, Top Seeds International’s pepper variety recommended for medium-late transplanting, has successfully resisted the record-breaking cold that hit Spain in early January. The low temperatures caused considerable headaches for growers, whose crops were under severe risk.

A problem that did not affect growers of Galiano, pepper with medium-sized blocky-shaped fruit and a bright red colour. This variety’s ability to overcome the cold conditions derives from several different characteristics: first and foremost, its strong root system, its medium internode and the plant’s vigour allows to extend its production cycle. What’s more, the easy-setting flowers also showed excellent resistance to even the challenging temperatures. Last but not least, the good cracking resistance ensures crack-free fruit of impeccable quality.

Angel Pelegrina Sanchez, Country Manager Top Seeds Iberica

“Due to the freezing temperatures,” Ángel Pelegrina, Top Seeds Ibérica Country Manager, explained, “many growers found their production cycles ended earlier than expected. However, Galiano kept cropping without a break in spite of the severe weather conditions, without decrease in fruit quality, proving its worth as one of the varieties with fewest complaints in the destination markets and countries.” In fact, Galiano is particularly ideal for export thanks to its excellent shelf life.

“What’s more, the various cooperatives’ quality control rankings show very high success rates,” Mr. Pelegrina concluded, “making this variety a benchmark for medium-cycle pepper growers in the province of Almería”.

In addition, this variety, for mid-July to early August transplanting, has impressive cropping flexibility, allowing the number of pickings to be optimised to save labour.

Peppers, the complete Top Seeds International range

Galiano is just one representative of the Top Seeds International pepper portfolio, which comprises more Blocky pepper varieties such as Top Arrod, which is the same colour, features slightly flattened globe-shaped fruit, high yields and good flesh thickness. and Top Arnon, for medium-early transplanting. Top Rommem, on the other hand, is an attractive yellow colour: ideal for late transplanting, this variety has L-XL sized fruit with 4 clearly defined lobes. Ruiseñor, another yellow variety, offers high yields and is suitable for late growing.  

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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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Yuksel Seeds presents Azarbe, its new variety of loose tomato

Yuksel Seeds presents Azarbe, its new variety of loose tomato
Photos: Yuksel Seeds

Yuksel Semilla has listened to the market and has responded by adding the new Azarbe loose tomato variety to its wide catalogue of products, along with other outstanding varieties, such as Marcus or Cassarosa.

The market is constantly searching for a loose tomato that meets consumer demands: a fruit with firm skin, an attractive red colour and, of course, a great flavour. This is how Azarbe was born, making it a perfect product for export.

This new variety, launched during the last week of December and the first of January, is characterised by its high ease of setting at high temperatures and great yield.

Azarbe has a firm skin, a dark red colour, and a slightly flattened starry and open calyx. This new variety is recommended for early fall cycles, sowing or transplanting in late July or early August.

What’s more, taking advantage of the festive period during which this presentation occurs, the seed house will offer a special gift to all attendees of the event as a fit way of closing this difficult year. However, due to health protection issues relating to Covid-19, in order to attend, it will be mandatory to make a reservation by phone, calling Francisco Trujillo on 651 86 38 19, when you will be informed of the time and place of the presentation of the Azarbe F1 tomato.


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Syngenta to introduce its first commercial ToBRFV resistant tomato variety

Syngenta to introduce its first commercial ToBRFV resistant tomato variety
Press release & photo: Syngenta
  • New commercial tomato variety with ToBRFV resistance to be offered in early 2021
  • Syngenta’s strong pipeline underscores its commitment to adding value to vegetable products using innovative technology solutions
  •  Innovation breakthrough to support growers around the world to combat crop losses from devastating disease

Enkhuizen, the Netherlands, 30 November 2020 Syngenta Vegetable Seeds today announced the launch of its first commercial Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) resistant variety, available in early 2021. The new variety will be released in areas where growers face severe disease pressure from the virus and will support against crop losses.

“The Syngenta Vegetables R&D team is ahead of the curve with the launch of the first commercial ToBRFV resistant variety,” explains Ruud Kaagman, Global Crop Unit Head for tomatoes. “Following this launch, we will aim to introduce varieties with resistance to ToBRFV across our breeding programs and across the globe. Broad resistance will be built in the portfolio during the next several years.” 

What is ToBRFV?

ToBRFV is a newly discovered tobamovirus related to Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and Tomato mosaic virus (ToMV). The very stable and very infectious virus infects both tomatoes and peppers.

Tobamoviruses are mechanically transmitted (contact disease) within and between crops by people and equipment. Symptoms caused by ToBRFV in tomato are similar to those caused by other tobamoviruses in susceptible plants: mosaic pattern on leaves, narrowing of leaves, necrosis on pedicle, calyces or petioles and/or yellow spots on the fruits. This impacts the quality and yield for growers significantly.

Syngenta’s World-Class R&D drives innovation to meet market demands

Syngenta is committed to adding value to vegetable products using innovative technology solutions. Technology drives faster, more efficient and accurate variety developments – allowing to better serve growers and partners along the value chain with unique traits that create greater appeal and consumption.

Different levels of resistance to ToBRFV exist in Syngenta’s current germplasm, but with modern technology, the R&D team discovered and targeted the specific genes related to the resistance.

“With fast development and use of molecular markers, Syngenta is able to rapidly make use of this resistance, deploying it in a large range of varieties; spreading the resistance in our germplasm. Before the utilization of molecular markers, it could take up to 10 years to develop a resistant variety. With broad use of molecular technology, Syngenta can more accurately and quickly breed a resistant variety,” says Pilar Checa, Global Breeding Lead for tomato.

Breeding for the future in tomatoes

The introduction of this breakthrough ToBRFV resistant variety signals Syngenta’s global dedication to supporting its growers and partners. With more than 350 different varieties of tomato available to growers all over the world, Syngenta understands the importance of developing a range of performing varieties to meet the diverse needs of its network of growers. To meet these needs, Syngenta prioritizes linking technology and people to ensure high-value vegetable crops reach their full genetic potential. With Syngenta’s resources and scale, it drives innovation to improve flavor, quality, convenience and productivity – for the benefits of growers, marketers, retailers and consumers.

For more information on Syngenta Vegetable Seeds, please visit  www.SyngentaVegetables/ToBRFVresistance

About Syngenta

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. With 28,000 people in more than 90 countries we are working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to improving farm productivity, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit and

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Syngenta’s hot peppers to make Indian processors life easier

Syngenta’s hot peppers to make Indian processors life easier


Indian Hot pepper market has seen a significant growth by involvement of Hot Pepper Processors from 2008, who raised the opportunity in hot pepper market by starting processing and exporting across the countries.

To compete in Global market, processors were in search of a product which can improve the produce quality and reduce the cost of processing. Poor quality of extracts, complex blending process to get desired quality and high wastage in older varieties available  in the market were pushing processors in search for good and consistent quality product.

 Hot pepper Syngenta variety HPH 5531 is the solution supplied to highly demanding processing industry

Its unique features:

  • High red Color value with good pungency reduces the cost of blending
  • High oil content increases purity of the extracts thereby reducing overall processing cost
  • Quick drying nature helps to reduce toxin accumulation during post-harvest.

HPH5531 is the quality benchmark in the red dry Hot pepper market.

Higher yields & preferential buying with premium price makes HPH 5531 more reliable & trusted variety among growers from last 10 years.

HPH5531 is catering the needs of each & every member in the value chain offering the consumer market best in class final product.

With annual production of ~100 000 MT, HPH 5531, with ideal red dry fruit quality is the favorite brand among Hot pepper Processors.

For more information visit

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Top Seeds Iberica an excellent quinquennium

Top Seeds Iberica an excellent quinquennium

Top seeds Iberica finishes 2019 with an excellent five-year period of growth and strengthening in the markets of Spain and Portugal. Top Seeds  is closing its stabilization plan in this 2019 very much alike to an economic plan , and faces a new five-year period of strategic growth under the umbrella of the parent company. The Enterprise is facing interesting changes at a world-wide level and is already planning new business lines.

This seeds company has been the smartest one when it comes to taking advantage of its size in order to penetrate nimbly in the market of the professional seeds. Therefore, its genuine optimal Project size has allowed it to shape to the market trends and so select and put the right product at the right time. A clear illustration of that are its pepper (Blocky) Galiano.

Speed, Decision and Adjustment

By the time that the rest of operators were still trying to imitate the leader of the segment of late-blocky-peppers Top Seeds Iberica had already announced it : “The market is about to change” and what is more, they did it openly, and just two years after that one-cycle late maturing peppers are part of the history due to prices not covering the necessary return for such a short time-bound campaign , but there it was Top Seeds Iberica with its pre-medium and post-medium long cycle peppers which are for sure fist-time known concepts but they are already history in Top Seeds Iberica. And his GM Mr. Francisco Maleno is working in innovative movements in the market.

The evaluation bias for variety selection

Mr. Bonifacio Bonachera points out that Top Seeds Iberica uses a technique known as “Survival Bias”, a very interesting theory applied in a quite original way by our manager, Mr. Francisco Maleno, among other statistical techniques which come from statistical and improvement work programmes used along the WWII based on Neyman´s work of statistical techniques in sequential analysis. “Survivors” are always the one studied in traditional analysis and they are selected upon the features that, at least theoretically, have made them survive. Nevertheless, we forget and omit about those members that have not survived and the reasons for them to not have succeeded. That way we are ignoring a huge amount of information which is probably the most important due to the fact that the remaining individuals are from time to time unimportant.


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CVVP supplies a plant variety management model that is aimed at success

CVVP supplies a plant variety management model that is aimed at success

The Compañía de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas (CVVP) has a great deal of experience in managing and promoting plant varieties in Spain.

Over the years it has efficiently managed different citrus varieties, such as the Nadorcott mandarin, the navel m7 orange, the Leanri mandarin and the Summer Prim lemon.

CVVP is now presenting its management model to breeders of new varieties.

Reyes Moratal, the manager of the company, states that the CVVP has the tools required for the optimum and efficient management of plant varieties. “We have the right team and the suitable knowledge to manage any variety”, she insists.

During this current campaign the company has taken part in different international trade fairs and events to publicise its extensive experience and work in both managing and promoting protected plant varieties.

On the 26th of March CVVP went to the Global Berry Congress in Rotterdam as a sponsor of the event. “We have decided to focus on the berries, because we have observed that the production control is very lax. We can add value here to improve its positioning in the sector”, states Reyes Moratal.

CVVP provides all-round advice: from processing licenses, the production control, administration, legal and tax advice to marketing communication and promotion.

An efficient management of the plant varieties that CVVP offers means higher profitability for all the parties involved: the breeders and the farmers.

All the information about the services and the company is available on the website:

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HM Clause creates tomatoes to conquer new markets

HM Clause launches this season of the cherry tomato varieties Saborini and Astuto, as well as a ‘unique’ variety of Marmande tomato

Saborini and Astuto: the new tastes of HM Clause

HM Clause continues to pursue a policy of innovation in all its crops, especially the tomato. In so doing, the firm strives to supply varieties that will be up to the standards demanded by farmers and the major markets. Proof of their intent is the launch this season of the cherry tomato varieties Saborini and Astuto, as well as a ‘unique’ variety of Marmande tomato that the firm will present at Fruit Logistica. Saborini is a round cherry tomato, picked individually, (recoleccion en suelto), noted for the regularity of its size throughout the cycle (25-30 mm in diameter), for its high yield, its great consistency and its durability. Saborini is one of HM Clause’s “superflavour” varieties with its high Brix content, intense red colouring, and rounded form. This variety is suited to long cycles and offers the farmer a good yield. Another of HM Clause’s “superflavour” cherry tomatoes is Astuto. This round cherry variety can be picked individually or in a truss. It is admired for its high quality, its good yield, and the flavour deriving from its high levels of sugar concentration throughout the cycle. Last in HM Clause’s range of great-tasting cherry tomatoes is Flavoriti, a pear cherry tomato that can be picked both singly and in a truss thanks to its very robust stalk (raquis). With these varieties, HM Clause nails its colours to the mast and makes clear its pledge to “invest in flavour for today’s cherry market,” said Manuel Ruiz, the firm’s development and marketing coordinator.

A unique tomato presented at FL Berlin

Meanwhile, HM Clause uses the opportunity of the Berlin fair to continue promoting its new type of Marmande tomato. For the time being, this ‘unique tomato’” is being marketed exclusively by Casi, Agrupalmería, Biosabor and La Palma, with the latter two supplying the product organically. With this innovative tomato, the firm aims to create a new brand which consumers will associate with high quality. Manuel Ruiz said, “The tomato will be labelled with a sticker and will have to pass an auditing process both in the field and with the supplier to guarantee it complies with well-defined quality norms. The aim is for the customer to be able to identify the product in the supermarket and buy it safe in the knowledge that they are getting great quality.

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Top Seeds Ibérica starts 4th campaign under Francisco Maleno Sánchez

Top Seeds is one of the most innovative companies in genetics in the world, only sells its own genetic products.

Over these four campaigns, the company has established its position among the top flight of companies for seeds. Indeed, Top Seeds is one of the most innovative companies in genetics in the world. Top Seeds Ibérica only sells its own genetic products. Over these years, the company has established a privileged position in Californian peppers with completely innovative varieties that are very resistant and versatile, performing far above the average varieties that have existed until now. In 2017, they released a new red California variety onto the market called “Galiano”, characteristic for being fairly late, very balanced with no great leaps in setting and a high yield. Francisco Maleno himself, the director of Top Seeds Ibérica, comments on what 2017 holds for the company: “Fortunately, this campaign is going to be exceptional for Top Seeds Ibérica’s pepper varieties since they are giving superior quality yields. Furthermore, 2017 will be the year when new tomato varieties will be launched onto the market. They are the result of four years of intense work preparing a very competitive catalogue. We do not move into the market just to remain halfway up the table.” This year, the company will complete its tomato cherry portfolio with exceptional varieties in all segments: vine tomato cherry with  Golan and Caprice; pear tomato with Parisi; yellow cherry tomato with Mini-on; zebra cherry tomato with Zohar and Lotz; and this year they will also launch two absolutely new varieties: a black cherry and an orange one. Maleno affirms that the traders and supermarkets who are trying them fully approve of them. Finally, for the black-topped tomato, 2017 will be the year of the Salmeron, which promises to revolutionise the market. It is a black top never before seen that is productive, resistant and has an incredible colour and taste that will be difficult to match.

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Big promotional push for Nergi

The Nergi will be available to store managers throughout its campaign in Europe, from the end of August until mid-November.

Consumption of the Nergi® is now taking off in the Benelux region, Scandinavia, and the UK.

The berry has been on sale in Europe for 3 years and already enjoys great success in Germany, France and Italy.

This year it will be on the radar of even more consumers thanks to promotion including more than 500 events and in-store tastings, and advertising at points of sale as well as social media buzz, including on the Nergi website, a contest on Facebook, and partnerships with influential bloggers. All in all, in 2016, the Nergi trademark is dedicating 10% of its revenue to marketing.

The fruit will be available to store managers throughout its campaign, from the end of August until mid-November. There are now about 150 European Nergi growers who are growing the fruit across a total of 170 ha of orchards in Europe, mainly in France, Portugal, and Italy.

It is sold in practical, information-rich packaging which provides protection for this delicate fruit. The handling of these punnets, and the conditions in which they are kept, are important factors in ensuring the fruit’s quality and durability.

The suggested retail price in supermarkets is €2.50-€3.00 for a 125g punnet (excluding sales tax). Nergi is also sold to restaurants and in special distribution networks. 

What makes Nergi special

Nergi does not need to be peeled, doesn’t stain, and has many nutritional benefits.

This tiny fruit is ideal for consumption as a snack and is carried by large retailers in their berry and snack product lines in order to cater to consumer demand for convenience foods. The fact Nergi is often located in refrigerated areas with berries – which, importantly, have seen enormous growth in the last 5 years – helps guarantee maximum freshness upon purchase.

Originally from Asia, the baby kiwi has existed in the wild for centuries. In 2005, French company Sofruileg discovered new varieties of baby kiwi in China and New Zealand. The result of natural crosses, they were longer-lasting than older varieties.

Sofruileg, which specialises in marketing development for innovative new varieties,  acquired the European production rights and created the Nergi trademark to aid in the commercial development of this new fruit in major European markets. Sofruileg has sub-contracted the sale of Nergi to four commercial operators: Primland in France, PortPrimland in Portugal, Ortofruit Italia in Italy and Fruitworld in the Netherlands.