This is the first time that protected premium plant varieties of German breeders have been included in the Multilateral System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
In co-operation with the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection, and the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, German plant breeders have established “Varieties for Diversity.” The varieties, including their climactic adaptations, are comprehensively described to facilitate the targeted selection of suitable plant material. They are easily accessible to anyone who signs theStandard Material Transfer Agreement (sMTA) through the German National Inventory of Plant Genetic Resources. For the genetic resources themselves no payment is charged, but the recipient may have to pay for shipping costs and the necessary plant health certificates. There are over 318 varieties included.