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Vegetable Seed Catalogue Coastal California 2019

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Herbs Resistance Makes

Herbs Resistance Makes The Difference Cooking is hot, and fresh herbs are part of that trend. In the Western World the demand for live herbs in pots, in clamshells with roots intact and/or freshly cut has been steadily increasing for many years now. No surprise there, because what could be easier and more satisfying than snipping a fresh bouquet garnish on your own window ledge, balcony or patio? Enza Zaden supports this development by offering both growers and end users herb varieties that are less susceptible to diseases. Focus on resistance Around ten years ago we tightened the breeding objectives of several herb varieties to gear them more to the needs of our customers and end users. They want plants with good resistance and year-round homogeneous, reliable production. Therefore, we now actively focus on resistance and quality traits breeding by selecting and crossing specific genetic characteristics that make the plants resistant or less susceptible to common diseases with extended shelf life. Important in the breeding process are resistances to the most common fungal diseases and tolerance of low temperatures in parts of the supply chain. And year-round production and supply are an absolute must for the large, specialist commercial nurseries. Successful varieties The focus on genetic resistance and extended shelf life has had the desired effect. In 2016, we officially launched our first Downy Mildew intermediate resistant basil variety on the market with overwhelming success, ‘Eleonora’. Since then, we released another Downy Mildew intermediate resistant basil variety targeted explicitly for hydroponic production, ‘Emma’. We also commercialized the basil variety ‘Elidia’ that is resistant to Fusarium, which can cause root rot. Elidia also produces high yields of large leaves and excellent field standability. For hydroponic growers seeking a variety that has improved tolerance to cold in the supply chain, we now offer ‘Keira’ basil. Simultaneously, we have also introduced parsley varieties with intermediate resistance to Downy Mildew: a large flat-leaf parsley variety with high yields and a brilliant glossy green color ‘Peione’, and a dark curly very uniform parsley variety ‘Wega’ – perfect for pots or bunch.” Second generation We refer to them as the herb varieties of the ‘second generation’: varieties that have an attractive color and good flavor, and at the same time ensure more reliable cultivation, and better shelf life keeping a quality product at consumers’ homes. They are ‘so to speak’ a bit more forgiving in conditions that are not ideal, which can happen in the sales channel and consumers’ homes. Quality mark The coming years Enza Zaden will continue to steadily expand its range of resistant and tolerant herb varieties for sale in pots. To indicate these second generation herb varieties Enza Zaden developed a quality mark, called ‘Resistance Makes The Difference’. With this quality mark we can indicate these varieties to our customers. In that way they know immediately, which varieties have the special characteristics that will enhance their production and consumption experience. 22 | Enza Zaden Enza Zaden | 23

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