Breeders Trust is an organisation of nine seedpotato breeding companies from Germany, the Netherlands, France and Denmark. It concerns AGRICO, C. MEIJER, DANESPO, EUROPLANT, GERMICOPA, HZPC, STET HOLLAND, NORIKA and SOLANA. These companies are active in breeding and developing new potato varieties. Breeders Trust has started in 2008. In addition, six grass seed companies have joined Breeders Trust in 2011. These companies are active in breeding, producing and trading grass seeds and fodder crops.
What is the objective of Breeders Trust
Breeders trust supports the participating companies when it comes to the implementation and enforcement of their Plant Breeders Rights protection and the illegal trade in plant propagation material. There is a clear vision. Breeders trust will take care that license fees are paid for the multiplication of varieties and that trade takes place within the applicable legislation. This will happen by informing the growers and supply chains concerning the risks of using uncertified seeds and seedpotatoes .....
nine seed breeding companies and six grass seed companies
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Brussels, December 10 2015: In September, Breeders Trust’ shareholder Danespo, through its Breeding company “Vandel Potatoes” located at Give (Denmark), in Appeal has achieved a major victory in a lengthy lawsuit against the Danish potato trader Knud Kristensen ApS, led by UNIPATATAS major shareholder Jens Kristensen. The dispute dates back to 2010 when the firm[…]
Brussels October 29, 2015: During the annual shareholders meeting of Breeders Trust, held on 13 October 2015 in Vienna, Mr. G.J.F. Backx (Joure) was elected as the new chair of the Board of Breeders Trust. Gerard Backs was elected for a period of 6 years and takes over the chair’s gavel from Jörg Renatus (managing[…]
In the October 2015 edition of the leading international agricultural seed magazine “Europeanseed” Breeders Trust has been interviewed about its approach to international infringement and illegalities in the potato and grass seed business. Click here to read the whole interview. More articles in the magazine Europeanseed you’ll find on: www.european-seed.com
Brussels – 3 December 2014. The Portuguese inspection service ASAE has, after a thorough investigation by the Belgium-based Breeders Trust, impounded 21,000 kilograms of grass seed with forged Polish certificates. The fraud concerns at least 3 varieties of Westerwolds ryegrass which are marketed in various countries including Portugal and France. In response to the findings[…]
Rome 13 May 2014 – This week, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture signed an agreement with AIB (Anti Infringement Bureau) and Breeders Trust. The agreement means that the Food Fraud Detection Inspection of the ministry (ICQRF) and the Inspection Service for seed potatoes and seeds (CRA-SCS) will work closely with AIB and Breeders Trust in[…]
This week, Breeders Trust successfully reached an agreement with eight Italian agricultural cooperatives and producers that propagated potato varieties, protected under the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act and marketed these as officially certified seed potatoes, without permission of the variety owner. In total, it involved approximately 800 tonnes of seed potatoes of the 2012 crop of[…]
Brussels – 7th May 2013: This spring, Breeders Trust, based in Brussels, has dealt with a serious blow in illegal trading of grass seeds. Until recently, large quantities of uncertified grass seeds were being imported into the European Union via Bulgaria. For many years, bona fide grass seed companies were unhappy about the fact that[…]
Brussels November 22nd 2012. Recently a panel of three judges in the Danish court of Viborg held that the company Knud Kristensen ApS (owned by Jens Kristensen and co-owner of the Danish export company Unipatatas A/S) has unlawfully imported seed potatoes of the variety Lady Rosetta into Denmark and multiplied those potatoes afterwards. Reasoning and[…]
Brussels – 3 October 2012: In interlocutory proceedings before the The Hague District Court against seed potato company “Ebben Aardappelen B.V.” located in Groeningen (the Netherlands) that took place this week, Breeders Trust has enforced that the defendant shall immediately refrain from infringements of breeders’ rights in particular by secondary crop through so-called joint cultivation[…]
Brussels – 6th February 2012: Breeders Trust has been vindicated in an arbitration case against a Dutch seed potato grower who has been shown to have illegally sold undersized potatoes as propagation material to Germany. The case is of importance because this verdict is unique in the seed potato sector, says Geert Staring, general director[…]
Brussels, August 25th 2011 – Breeders Trust has entered into cooperation agreements with three grass seed companies in an effort to consolidate forces in the fight against illegal trade practices and to monitor the enforcement of Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR). Just like the seed potato industry, the grass seed sector is susceptible to illegal production,[…]
Brussels, 25 May 2011 – Breeders Trust has written to more than 130 Belgian arable farmers on the basis of crop data obtained by way of a court order against the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC). It has been revealed that over the past four growing years more than[…]