Bavaria Saat meets the Challenges of the Future!
We at Bavaria-Saat are adjusting to the constantly changing requirements of the potato market with an extensive new breeding programme. Climate changes, for example, give rise to a demand for potato varieties which can give good results under dry climatic conditions. Special attention is also given to developing varieties with a high resistant a level to viruses.
By using complex maintenance cultivation methods it is possible to maintain the quality of the varieties.
BREEDING OF NEW POTATOE VARIETIES
The main opjective of the Bavaria-Saat is to breed robust varieties in accordance with the following criteria:
- High quality food varieties for all harvests
- Varieties for processing purposes
- High-yield robust starch potatoes
The following spectrum of resistance categories are of special consideration when selecting varieties for breeding purposes:
- Broad nematode resistance
- Resistance to potato wart disease
- Virus resistance
- Late blight resistance
- Resistance to storage diseases
Testing for resistances is partly carried out in cooperation with the Bavarian Central Authority of Agriculture (LfL) in Freising/Weihenstephan.
The breeding material is planted outdoors in light soil for the first three years, giving a good basis for selection regarding scab and tolerance in dry conditions.