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USDA Grants Protection to 25 New Plant Varieties

AMS No. 129-08

Jimmie Turner (202) 720-6179
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2008 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued certificates of protection to developers of 25 new varieties of seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants. They include bean, bluegrass, clover, fescue, lettuce, oat, pea, peanut, potato and wheat.

The certificates are being issued under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The certificates require that the varieties be new, distinct, uniform and stable. The owners will have the exclusive right to reproduce, sell, import and export their products in the United States for the duration of protection.

The 25 certificates are:

-- the Rockport variety of garden bean, developed by Syngenta Seeds, Inc, Nampa, Idaho;

-- the Ulysses variety of Kentucky bluegrass, developed by DLF International Sees, Halsey, Ore.;

-- the Grasslands Kopu II* variety of white clover, developed by Grasslanz Technology Limited, Palmerston North, New Zealand;

-- the Bonsai 3000 and Cortez II varieties of tall fescue, developed by NexGen Turf Research, LLC, Albany, Ore.;

-- the NIZ 44-4703 variety of lettuce, developed by Nickerson-Zwaan, Made, the Netherlands;

-- the Tellmark variety of lettuce, developed by Enza Zaden Beheer B.V., Enkhuizen, the Netherlands;

-- the Quest variety of lettuce, developed by Pybas Vegetable Seed Company, Inc., Santa Maria, Calif.;

-- the Gotham variety of hard fescue, developed by DLF International Seeds and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Halsey, Ore.;

-- the Tack* and Buckskin* varieties of oat, developed by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.;

-- the Banner variety of field pea, developed by ProGene LLC, Othello, Wash.;

-- the Florida-07* variety of peanut, developed by Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, Gainesville, Fla.;

-- the FL 1909, FL 2006, FL 2049, FL 1930, and FL 1922 varieties of potato, developed by Frito-Lay North America, Inc., Plano, Texas;

-- the Keystone Russet variety of potato, developed by President, Colorado Certified Potato Growers’ Assn., Inc., Monte Vista, Colo.;

-- the Astoria variety of potato, developed by Saka-Ragis Pflanzenzucht GbR, Hamburg, Germany;

-- the Wallowa Russet variety of potato, developed by State of Oregon by/through STBHE acting on behalf of Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.;

-- the MELODY variety of potato, developed by C. Meijer BV, Kruiningen, the Netherlands;

-- the Inova variety of potato, developed by Van Rijn B.V., ‘S-Gravenzande, the Netherlands;

-- the Fineway* variety of common wheat, developed by Northwest Plant Breeding Co., Pullman, Wash.; and

-- the Ilias* variety of common wheat, developed by Limagrain Advant Nederland B.V., Rilland, the Netherlands.

* In the United States, seed of this variety shall be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed, and shall conform to the number of generations specified by the owner of the rights (84 STAT. 1542, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2321 ET SEQ).

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administers the Plant Variety Protection Act, which provides time-limited marketing protection to developers of new and distinct seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants ranging from farm crops to flowers.

For more information, contact the Plant Variety Protection Office at (301) 504-5518, fax (301) 504-5291 or the Internet at
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