Thursday, August 04, 2016

Rewarding results in salads through enhanced breeding focus for Northern Australia

The National Horticultural & Innovation Expo 2016 recently held in Northern Australia proved to be a very productive and successful event for the Australian vegetable seeds business of Bayer.
Shane Bario (Sales Specialist Salads) inspecting the salad varieties.
The Salads team consisting of Damien Odgers (Produce Chain Specialist), Samantha Strano, Shane Bario and Andrew Ertler (Sales Specialists) showcased their latest variety additions to the salads portfolio. Enhanced breeding focused on the Northern region has resulted in several exciting new variety introductions in all categories of salads. Over forty individual new and existing commercial varieties of iceberg, romaine, multileaf®, single leaf, baby leaf lettuce and spinach, were on display at the two day event.
Damien Odgers (Produce Chain Specialist) talking with a customer from Sutton Farms.
Newly launched varieties such as Olgada* (NUN 06118 LTL) full romaine, Thimble* and Rugbee (NUN 06535 LTL) mini romaine, Thatcher* (NUN 06768 LTL) little gem, and multileaf® types Multigreen 101* and Multired 98*, were just some of the products demonstrated. There was also a strong assortment of baby leaf types present, with lettuce varieties such as Redflash and Greenflash*, and spinach lines Antalia*, Volans* and Hydrus*.

As a major iceberg growing region in Australia, Bayer was also pleased to showcase new iceberg lines suitable for South-East Queensland production. Alongside the current winter options of Winterfell and Densilva, Bayer also promoted new autumn harvest varieties of NUN 01163 LTL and NUN 01172 LTL, and NUN 01166 LTL for mid-late winter harvest.
Damien Odgers (Produce Chain Specialist) discussing the salad portfolio with customers from Koala Farm.
Whilst other Australian vegetable industry expos have been held in recent years throughout Southern Australia, it has been eighteen years since an expo of this magnitude has been conducted in the Northern growing region of Queensland. All major global seed companies participated with a vast cross section of crops and varietal types on display. During the event, the team received an immense amount of positive customer feedback. Particularly noting Bayer’s improved strength in the salads segment and increased breeding activity to accommodate local market needs.

* Under application for Plant Breeder’s Rights in Australia

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