Sugarbeet breeding company SESVanderHave, has developed a novel herbicide tolerancetrait for sugar beet. This technology has been developed throughSESVanderHaves own R&D pipeline; the trait will give a new option for weedcontrol to farmers around the world. SESVanderHaves technology is based on theconventional breeding of sugar beet varieties tolerant to certainALS-inhibitors, a class of broad-spectrum herbicides.
Wehave used cutting-edge detection techniques to screen sugar beet cells andplants to identify those which spontaneously contain specific characteristicsknown to confer tolerance to ALS-inhibitor herbicides, says Marc Lefbvre,Project Leader. After an in-depth characterisation of this new trait, we arenow breeding it into our commercial germplasm.
Thesenew herbicide tolerant varieties will give farmers the opportunity to usebroad-spectrum active ingredients to simplify weed control in sugar beet, withlower dose rates and fewer applications than with current weed control systems.
SESVanderHavebegan to collaborate on this project with Bayer CropScience during 2009 and thefirst varieties will be available to farmers worldwide within a few years.
Werevery excited to be able to offer farmers in Europe and around the world a newtechnology that will keep sugar beet cultivation competitive over the long termby offering exceptional weed control and the ability to rotate herbicides,said Rob van Tetering, chief executive officer at SESVanderHave. He continued,The technology will provide more effective, easier and more flexible weedcontrol to beet growers, improving the competitiveness of the crop and, as aresult, strengthen the whole sugar beet business chain.