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USDA Grants Protection to 26 New Plant Varieties

AMS No. 151-08

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

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2008 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued certificates of protection to developers of 26 new varieties of seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants. They include bean, bluegrass, corn, cowpea, lettuce, peanut, potato, soybean 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 26 certificates are:

-- the Firstmate, EX 08120703, and Veronica varieties of garden bean, developed by Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc., Oxnard, Calif.;

-- the SR 2284 variety of Kentucky bluegrass, developed by Seed Research of Oregon, Corvallis, Ore.;

-- the Brooklawn variety of Kentucky bluegrass, developed by Turf Merchants, Inc., Tangent, Ore.;

-- the PHCCW variety of field corn, developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Johnston, Iowa;

-- the Golden Eye Cream* variety of cowpea, developed by Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, College Station, Texas;

-- the Multy variety of lettuce, developed by Nunhems BV, HAELEN, The Netherlands;

-- the Georgia Greener* variety of peanut, developed by University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., Athens, Ga.;

-- the AT-215* variety of peanut, developed by Golden Peanut Company, LLC., Alpharetta, Ga.;

-- the Dakota Rose variety of potato, developed by NDSU Research Foundation, Fargo, N.D.;

-- the 2388028 variety of soybean, developed by D&PL Technology Holding Company, LLC, Scott, Miss.;

-- the D4483789 and 4010165 varieties of soybean, developed by Monsanto Technology, L.L.C., St. Louis;

-- the 92Y90, 95Y70, 93Y90, 93Y50, 94Y20, 94Y01, 93Y80, 91Y70, and 90Y20 varieties of soybean, developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Johnston, Iowa;

-- the Lassik* variety of common wheat, developed by The Regents of the University of California, Oakland, Calif.;

-- the Hat Trick* variety of common wheat, developed by Trigen Seed, LLC, Bloomington, Minn.; and

-- the Jamestown* variety of common wheat, developed by Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc., Blacksburg, Va.

* 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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