New Innovative Wheat Breeding Programme from Elsoms

Elsoms Seeds have announced an expansion of their agriculture business with the launch of a new wheat breeding collaboration with European plant breeders, Nordsaat and Saaten Union Recherche. The new breeding programme will draw on genetics and skills from all three companies and will be undertaken by a new company called Elsoms Wheat Ltd.

  • Roger Keeling

    Roger Keeling

Closely following the recent signing of long term UK marketing and product development agreements with vegetable breeding giant Bejo and seed treatment specialists Incotec, Elsoms Seeds have announced an expansion of their agriculture business with the launch of a new wheat breeding collaboration with European plant breeders, Nordsaat and Saaten Union Recherche. The new breeding programme will draw on genetics and skills from all three companies and will be undertaken by a new company called Elsoms Wheat Ltd.

“Elsoms Wheat Limited will see a major increase in the development   of wheat breeding work at our plant breeding station at Spalding Lincolnshire, putting it in the top league of wheat breeding programmes in the UK, with a budget, genetics and technologies to compete with the leading multinational companies working in the UK,” commented Roger Keeling, Elsoms Seeds Chairman.
“The development work carried out by all three companies has enabled an expansion of the plant breeding team at Spalding and gives them access to a wide range of technologies via the Saaten Union Biotech lab, which will enable us to transform our breeding programme to a significantly di-haploid system, increasing speed to market,” said Roger. ”Last autumn, we entered a record number of new lines into UK National List Trials and our expanded programme will provide UK wheat farmers with a more regular supply of improved varieties,” he added.
“The new programme will create a strong collaborative relationship between Elsoms Seeds, Nordsaat and Saaten Union Recherche with a free flow of ideas and information between the three companies” said Roger. “As the UK’s leading independent plant breeding business, we are enormously excited to be working with companies that share our values and culture and have a long and successful history of breeding wheat across Europe,” he concluded.

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