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Syngenta is focusing its roadmap on researching more rustic varieties of brassicas

Syngenta’s current research and development of brassicas focuses on responding to the ever-changing climate that, in recent years, has manifested itself in droughts and sudden changes in temperature. For this reason, the multinational is focusing its R&D on the development of more rustic and disease-resistant crops.

Hipster Purple Cauliflower Variety From Syngenta

Along these lines, Dario Antonante, product development specialist for brassicas at Syngenta in SWE, says that, in this goal of adapting agriculture to climate change, it is important that the entire chain is committed and involved. For example, “the farmer, when changing the variety, must change the management of the plant,” he explained. Ultimately, Syngenta’s goal is to guarantee stable profits for the producer, and, to this end, it works to adapt the plant to drought and the climate in general.

As a solution and with the limitation of water availability, some producers move their products to other areas. However, “a change in fresh and industrial varieties is necessary to adapt to the new environment, climate change, and water scarcity,” explained Dario Antonante.

Syngenta Brassicas Portfolio

In response to these concerns, Syngenta presents a catalog of rustic, productive, and high-quality varieties with high tolerance to diseases at the global level, both in broccoli and cauliflower. Some examples of these are Gongga, a variety for fresh use, and the area of ​​Murcia with excellent performance in the field, with compact florets and a concave shape; Another novelty for the area of ​​Murcia is the Serrata (mid-October-mid-November), which gives good strength, a thick trunk, a nice skin and fine, black grain.

Finally, Syngenta highlights among its innovations Aneto broccoli, a variety best suited for the industry for late September planting and a long cycle, whose raised head allows for a homogeneous and easy harvest, in addition to its high strength and tolerance to Systemic Downey Mildew (SDM).

In cauliflower, its offer responds to the result of a long improvement program aimed at expanding the references for large retailers and for consumers. “The shape, color, and taste lend themselves to experimentation in the kitchen, for those looking for a sweeter taste than the standard white and more delicate than Romanesco,” details Dario Antonante.

Examples of this are tangeline, an orange color with a plant of excellent strength and health; hipster, of good strength, straight and open, with excellent health, dark purple in color, and very uniform in size. Finally, they showed a Romanesco with a new white color, Cartesio, with a more delicate taste than the classic green Romanesco and less smelly when cooked.

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