Organic vegetable breeding

New varieties for the modern breeding conditions on organic farms!

Organic breeding involves both nonprofit initiatives and companies. It takes up to 15 years before a new variety is available. Breeding takes a lot of time, money and work. In order to finance their development work for organic farming, organic plant breeders receive support from dedicated companies, foundations and private individuals, and generate license income.

The task is complex: The selected plants must be wellsuited to the conditions on the organic farms.

The new varieties should therefore

  • convert nutrients well
  • show a high resistance to diseases
  • be good at dealing with climate change
  • provide good yields
  • and taste great!
Zucchini kreuzen

One carrot is not enough!

We need different varieties for various forms of organic vegetable production

  • fresh for the retail food industry
  • for producers selling direct to the consumer and various forms of cooperative farming
  • for processing, e.g. for canned or frozen vegetables

 

High market requirements

The demands of the market are high, so it needs several varieties with different properties per species.

Different breeding goals

The majority of organic vegetable breeders develop open-pollinated and reproducible varieties. Individual companies also work on classic hybrid varieties.