From FCC Express
By Treena Hein
The Canadian Seed Trade Association is drawing attention to the Canadian Plant Breeders’ Rights variety database.
The database assists farmers – as well as all other stakeholders in the crop industry – to easily identify PBR protection on all crop varieties for sale in Canada. Farmers can use the information to make better decisions about which varieties to grow – ones with the new level of intellectual property protection, or lower level of protection before the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act was updated earlier this year (it is now known as PBR 91). This is important to grain purchasers.
“It’s an easy way to find out what level of PBR protection applies to a variety,” says Crosby Devitt, CSTA executive director. “Farmers can search by crop type, variety name or type of PBR protection.”
The update to the PBR Act means the work of seed developers is now much more protected, giving companies an adequate return on investment – and a much wider seed selection for Canadian farmers. Before the changes to the legislation, firms were reluctant to invest in breeding new crop varieties here.
Devitt notes only a few per cent of global wheat is presently grown in Canada, and PBR 91 means there is now much greater potential for more new varieties of wheat – and other crops – to be developed for Canadian growing conditions.
The database was created with the assistance of the Canadian Food Inspection’s Variety Registration Office, as well as the PBR Office.
The Canadian Seed Trade Association PBR variety database is available on its website: http://cdnseed.org/library/