Plant breeders continuously strive to develop crops that are resistant against pests and diseases, adapted to changing climatic or regional conditions and which thereby ensure stable or increasing yields.
Access to the widest possible portfolio of plant genetic resources is crucial for plant breeding. Plant breeding consists in creating ever new combinations of genetic material to blend the best characteristics of extant plant varieties in new improved varieties. This is why plant breeders need to be allowed to build upon prior achievements of other plant breeders. They also need to have access to plant material from other parts of the world, since they are the ones that ensure that genetic resources with suitable properties will be put to good use and sustainably developed.
Due to the breeding privilege, anybody can use protected plant varieties for breeding purposes. Starting from the prior achievements of other plant breeders significantly speeds up the adaptation of plants. Therefore the breeding privilege and its practical value for plant breeding is highly appreciated and should not being underestimated.
The breeding privilege, that is best practice in Europe and supported through a good access to information, shall be improved now for breeders outside Europe.
The contribution of plant breeders to the Multilateral System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources
For this reason, the German plant breeders (represented by the German Plant Breeders´ Association – BDP) in co-operation with the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) as well as the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) have initiated the initiative “Varieties for Diversity”. This is the first time ever that protected premium plant varieties of German plant breeders will be included into the Multilateral System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources.
Facilitated access to varieties in the Multilateral System shall be provided for the purposes of utilization and conservation for research, breeding and training for food and agriculture pursuant to the standard material transfer agreement (SMTA). A selection of available varieties can be accessed from anywhere via the German National Inventory on Plant Genetic Resources PGRDEU.
The Partners of “Varieties for Diversity” hope that this initiative will become a model for other private sector initiatives in other countries.
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Bundesverband Deutscher Pflanzenzüchter e.V. (BDP)
Kaufmannstraße 71-73, 53115 Bonn
Tel. 02 28/9 85 81-31, Fax -19,