Seed World

Breeders Trust Expanded with New German Member

On Nov. 16, German seed company P.H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH recently joined the Brussels-based Breeders Trust at the autumn meeting. It was recently held on Malta, where the members agreement was signed.

“I am proud of becoming a member of Breeders Trust,” said Matz Petersen, general director of the German P.H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH. “As plant breeder and PVPR owner we recognized the benefits a membership offers. We gladly took the opportunity to join in Breeders Trust.”

Corné van Beers, project manager of Breeders Trust, is also delighted with the arrival of Petersen. The most prominent players in the European grass seed market are members of Breeders Trust. “It confirms to us that we are doing well in the fight against illegal seed practices in the global seed business.,” he said.

Geert Staring, general director of Breeders Trust concludes: “The more companies join and provide us with information, the stronger we are and the better we can see through and tackle international fraud. All our members stand for fair business. That’s what binds them and enables us to act successfully.”

P.H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH is a breeder of various varieties of fodder radish, mustard, phacelia, faba bean, field pea, bristle oat and rye. Grasses and further legumes as well as cover crop blends contribute to the product range. Petersen is not only engaged in breeding but is also specialised in the production and worldwide trade (via Saaten-Union GmbH and its affiliates) of these products.

Breeders Trust was founded in 2008 by six European potato breeders to ensure the enforcement of Plant Breeders’ Rights and to combat illegal production. In 2012, six European grass seed breeding and trading companies also joined and the field of activity of Breeders Trust was expanded significantly. Currently 22 internationally operating breeding and seed trading companies are affiliated with Breeders Trust. The idea behind this is that together the breeders can act more forcefully against unfair production and commercial practices adopted by the often globally operating rogue companies that discredit the good reputation of the entire seed sector.

Source: Breders Trust