Twenty-three new varieties accepted on Finnish plant varieties list


<p>The Plant Variety Board has accepted 23 new plant varieties onto the 2012 revision of the Finnish list of plant varieties. Twenty-two of these are field crop and turf grass varieties, and one is a conservation plant variety. In Finland, seed production is only permitted based on the varieties included in the lists drawn up either for Finland or another EU member state.</p>

Inclusion in the national varieties list also demonstrates the variety’s suitability for cultivation in Finland. In the case of conservation plant varieties, inclusion in the list indicates that the variety is of value to the conservation of genetic resources. Maintained by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, the Finnish list of plant varieties does not include genetically modified (gm) varieties.

The conservation plant variety accepted on the list is the winter rye Pääkkölä. Pääkkölä originates from Piippola, Northern Ostrobothnia, and “reaches a height of over two metres”, according to its owner.

New oil crop varieties include the spring rape seeds Smilla and Majong. Both are hybrid varieties; Smilla from Germany and Majong Sweden.

The winter crop variety accepted on the list is the German hybrid winter rye Helltop.

The Norwegian Ragna is a new six-rowed barley variety. New two-rowed barley varieties include the German Columbus, Swedish SW Mitja and Scrabble originating from Great Britain. All two-row varieties are being assessed by the malting barley committee of Panimolaboratorio Oy, to determine their suitability for malt production.

New varieties of the Finnish Boreal ltd are the spring wheat Wappu, the Wilhelmiina oat, the Jymy pea and the Osku starch potato. Boreal also reprensents the German Flocke oat and the Rocket field pea, which has yellow seeds.

The Norwegian Vinger and Haga oats and the German Charly and Rocky oats were also accepted on the list of varieties.

Among fodder grass varieties, the Finnish Rubinia timothy was included in the list.

New turf plant varieties also entered the 2012 list of plant varieties. The red fescues Wagner 1, Rosetti 1, Greensleeves and Capriccio and the smooth-stalked meadow grass Kaitos are new varieties introduced onto the list. These varieties come from Denmark and the Netherlands.

The decisions of the Plant Variety Board are published in the Finnish Plant Variety Journal on Evira's website. > Publications > Plants > Finnish Plant Variety Journal

For further information, please contact:
Tapio Lahti, Senior Officer, Evira, tel. +358 400 640 881

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