26 April 2018

Denomination of Pfs:17

New downy mildew race in spinach denominated: Pop Vriend varieties resistant

A new race of the downy mildew pathogen (Peronospora farinosa f. sp. spinaciae = P. effusa) on spinach was first identified in 2014 in Yuma, Arizona, U.S. This race was able to overcome the resistance of important spinach varieties. This is mentioned in a press release from Plantum.

First, one isolate (UA1014), was characterized on a standard set of differential varieties. Subsequently, isolates with the same reaction pattern on these differential varieties have been found in numerous locations and each year since 2014. After careful evaluation of the significance of this development to the spinach industry, the International Working Group on Peronospora in spinach (IWGP) has denominated isolate US1602 as Pfs: 17. This isolate is available at Naktuinbouw in The Netherlands.

Read the complete news publication here. 

The good news is that all our Pfs: 1-15 and Pfs: 1-16 resistant varieties are also resistant to Pfs: 17. So the new resistance patterns are:

- Pfs: 1-15 + 17 for varieties like Alameda, Amador, Sonoma, Sacremento, 
   La Paz/PV-1437, Gila, Inyo, Monterey, Apache, Aztec, Sioux and Yuma.
- Pfs: 1-17 for varieties like Nevada, Colusa, Kiowa and PV-1449.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our Area Sales Manager Marcel Bloemendaal for additional information.


20 April 2018

Sowing spinach trial

Under a beautiful sky, our colleagues Jaco Tensen and Marnix de Kroon are sowing a big spinach processing trial in a production field of our customer Ardo in Belgium. In this trial 28 varieties will be growing for evaluation. Pretty impressive, right?

Within approximately 1,5 months, the spinach will be ready and processers will be invited to evaluate the trial. The biggest challenge for our company is to create processing varieties which produce nice large leaves without running the risk of flowering. 


18 April 2018

Fingers crossed!

We are proud to be nominated as one of the finalist for 'North Holland's Best Company of the year’ (Ondernemingsverkiezing Noord-Holland).

On April 18 the jury came to visit us and got a tour through our building, offices, greenhouse, warehouse, and lab. The finals of the OVNH are on 16 May in Theater Philharmonie in Haarlem. Fingers crossed!

Did you already check our short video impression made by the organisation? Click on the right play button. 

5 April 2018

Enlargement Warehouse

M3 Ruimtebouwer recently started construction work on the enlargement of our warehouse in Andijk. This will increase our storage by 2500 m2. Important, because we handle millions of kilos of seeds every year and are constantly growing.

Next to that, we will build a new barn for our equipment, will enlarge our parking area with 27 spaces, including 8 charging stations, and we will add 800 solar panels on our roof. Preparing for a sustainable future. We hope to have the new warehouse ready within 5 months. We'll keep you updated!