The Role of the Certified Seed System in Hybrid Wheat Development

Many are patiently (or not so patiently) awaiting hybrid wheat development. All varietal development requires investment, and hybridization is no different. Investment only occurs if there is a mechanism for cost recovery and return on investment. In many parts of the world, including Canada, royalties through a certified seed system are the only way to recoup the years of investment it takes to create new varieties.

In this interview with Dr. Stefan Bruns, of KWS, one of the largest plant breeding companies in the world, Bruns discusses the role a royalty system plays in furthering the development of not only hybrid wheat, but all wheat and crop varieties. Bruns explains how his company uses the level of certified seed used in each market as a means of deciding whether or not to pursue development for those markets.

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