LSPB rebrands as NPZ UK and showcases varieties at Cereals

NPZ UK, formerly LSPB, returns to Cereals with a stand 50% larger than last year and a greatly expanded range of varieties on show.

stand outdoors at Cereals event
Cereals stand with plots featuring winter oilseed rape, spring and winter beans, spring and winter combining peas, and spring wheat.

The company’s comprehensive series of plots feature winter oilseed rape, spring and winter beans, spring combining peas, and spring wheat. 

Its stand (506) highlights the rebranding that has taken place to build on brand awareness in the UK under the LSPB name over the past number of years with a successful range of products across the OSR and pulse portfolios. 

Rebranding as NPZ UK aligns LSPB with the company’s international shareholder, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG (NPZ), which is well known throughout the European and Global seed business.

Creating a stronger denomination connection with the parent company is important for everybody within the UK seed sector and for the UK farmer, the company says.

This very positive step brings the reputation and backing of 126 years of plant breeding in NPZ to its UK customers.

Winter oilseed rape 

NPZ has a long heritage in winter oilseed rape breeding, and the range of AHDB Recommended List varieties on display at Cereals will include the high-yielding hybrid varieties Murray, Vegas and RL Candidate Maverick – all showcasing the ‘RlmS’ phoma resistance gene with outstanding light leaf spot resistance.

Maverick is a high yielding Recommended List Candidate variety included in AHDB winter oilseed rape trials. Its excellent yield potential is combined with exceptional RlmS and Rlm7 stem canker resistance, TuYv resistance, and outstanding autumn and spring vigour, NPZ says.

Maverick is a high yielding Recommended List Candidate variety. Its excellent yield potential is combined with exceptional RlmS & Rlm7 stem canker resistance, TuYv resistance, and outstanding autumn and spring vigour.

Vegas is very high yielding with exceptional RlmS Phoma resistance. It has very good light leaf spot scores, mid-maturity and is very vigorous — particularly in the spring.

Murray remains well positioned in the ‘east/west only’ Recommended category with high gross output and high seed yield. It combines this with exceptional RlmS Phoma resistance as well as good light leaf spot scores and strong spring vigour.

Added to this, with the new AHDB ratings for Verticillium wilt resistance, it features in the highest category of ‘moderately resistant’, showcasing its broad stem health characteristics.

Spring beans 

NPK UK/LSPB is equally well known to UK pulse growers for its spring bean portfolio and the varieties will include top of the PGRO Descriptive List Genius, market leading Lynx, and market expanding LVC (low vicine/convicine) varieties Futura and Victus.

Combining pea varieties  

The company’s combining pea varieties are top or near top of the PGRO Descriptive List and the plots will include Carrington and Butterfly green peas, along with Concerto and Orchestra yellow peas, plus the high yielding marrowfat peas Akooma and Takayama.

Candidate varieties 

The company will also be demonstrating a selection of its current candidate varieties as well as some very promising coded varieties with exceptional packages of traits which it is evaluating for the future.

Demonstration plots at the NPZ Cereals stand in May 2024.

New innovation 

NPZ UK says it will continue to deliver new innovation to the UK market, something which is has been doing for many years.

Prof. Dr. Ute Kropf, University of Applied Sciences, Kiel – NPZ UK’s speaker this year.

This includes the MSL hybridisation system, the introduction of ‘Mendel’ clubroot resistance, new ‘RlmS’ Phoma resistance at a time where there is significant pressure on the existing sources, along with the previously mentioned low vicine/convicine bean portfolio.

This widens the ability for increased domestic field bean production and consumption, in both human and animal food and feed market sectors.

Selecting in the UK, for the UK remains an essential part of the breeding model – and NPZ looks forward to continuing to enhance its offering to UK growers, to meet the challenges of a changing climate, and geo-political environment.

NPZ looks forward to welcoming visitors to its stand and showing them all that it can offer UK growers and the seed trade.

Prof. Dr. Ute Kropf of the University of Applied Sciences, Kiel will also be speaking on her research: drilling at the right time based on the conditions, rather than by calendar date, may now be the best strategy for growers to follow given changing climate. 

The talk, ‘Oilseed rape physiology and late sowing – insights into the latest research’, will be at 11:30am and 14:30pm on the first day of Cereals, Tuesday 11th June. 

No ticket is necessary, but please come early to be sure of a place. 

Visit the NPZ UK website.

Visit our Cereals 2024 Showcase.


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