LS Plant Breeding

Combining Excellence

We continue to develop our portfolio as we invest in plant breeding to bring UK growers, advisers and the seed trade varieties with increased yield - added to improved agronomic characters. The latest PGRO and AHDB Recommended Lists show that LSPB varieties bring growers an impressive choice of pulse and oilseed rape varieties.

For field beans, Lynx remains the top variety on the Recommended List with proven yield and agronomic characters, while Fanfare and Vertigo remain fully recommended, and are joined by three new provisionally recommended varieties - Macho, Ghengis and Yukon.

LSPB has both varieties in the LVC (low vicine/convicine) category for spring beans. Victus and Tiffany have a high protein and low vicine and convicine content, attributes that will help to further develop the UK pulse market with end users.

We have a similar wide choice of varieties for combining peas, led by the fully recommended and high yielding large blue pea Bluetime, which is joined by the new P1 large blue Greenwich. Croft and Blueman make up the other LSPB RL large blue varieties.

Also newly added to the PGRO Recommended List for white peas is Orchestra with high yield and thousand seed weight.

The latest AHDB Recommended Lists feature winter oilseed rape varieties from LSPB, with clubroot resistant Crome joined by newly-listed clubroot resistant Croozer, as well as Resort, our newly-listed HEAR (high erucic acid) variety.

Mentor was for long the only variety on the RL bringing growers clubroot resistance - it was succeeded by Crome last year with increased yields - and is now joined by Croozer with the highest phoma resistance (9) as an additional benefit.

LSPB also has Resort, a newly-listed variety in the HEAR category. This fulfils a special market need and HEAR varieties can offer considerable premiums over conventional double low varieties to compensate for any slightly lower yield.