The development of new potato varieties

The 23 strong team at our breeding and research company Agrico Research BV makes continuous efforts to develop new varieties. Healthier and stronger varieties that meet the requirements of our growers and consumers and the processing industry. They do this with six professional breeding companies and 35 private growers. It takes more than ten years to develop a new potato variety. We regularly cross carefully selected parent plants to obtain new varieties. Every year we consequently start with 170,000 unique seedlings. That is the beginning of many years of trials, evaluations and selection. And after eleven years this culminates in at most a handful of new varieties that meet our strict quality requirements.

Creating a new variety is called breeding. Agrico Research creates new varieties by variety breeding and pre-breeding.