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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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Fusarium wilt disease triggers race to find resistant banana variety

banana fusarium

The race is on to develop a banana variety resistant to the diseases and climatic changes that currently threaten the world’s favourite fruit. International trade in the fruit is worth US$13bn a year. But the global supply chain is threatened by a virulent disease that has been attacking plantations in Australia, south-east Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East. Experts warn that “Fusarium wilt”, or Panama disease, could spread to Latin America, from where the majority of bananas are exported, prompting scientists to research new varieties. The Cavendish variety currently accounts for 99.9% of bananas traded globally, having itself replaced a tastier variety wiped out by disease in the 1950s. Now researchers at Tropic Biosciences in the UK are using gene-editing techniques to develop a more resilient version of the Cavendish. The company’s CEO, Gilad Gershno, said, “If you look at the broader consumption on top of exports, the banana industry is worth a massive $30bn a year. However, people have been getting increasingly worried because the plant is heavily cloned so if you have a disease that can kill one tree, it can potentially wipe out the entire industry.”

Tropic Biosciences has already conducted successful gene editing on a banana cell which can be grown into a full plant. The preliminary results have been encouraging and field trials should begin in Central America, the Philippines and Turkey over the coming year.

As the disease is spread by aphids, the only treatment is to uproot and burn all the plants, which is very costly. Last year, researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, designed a genetically modified Cavendish banana with resistance to the soil-borne Panama disease.