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USDA Grants Protection to 15 New Plant Varieties

AMS No. 166-08

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

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2008 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued certificates of protection to developers of 15 varieties of seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants. They include bean, bluegrass, fescue, gamagrass, pea, potato, ryegrass, wheat and zinnia.

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 15 certificates are:

-- the Rio Verde variety of lablab bean, developed by Texas AgriLife Research, College Station, Texas;

-- the Voyager II variety of Kentucky bluegrass, developed by Pure Seed Testing, Inc., Hubbard, Ore.;

-- the Innovator variety of tall fescue, developed by Pure Seed Testing, Inc., Hubbard, Ore.;

-- the Dewald* variety of eastern gamagrass, developed by Walter W. Robertson, Shippenville, Pa.;

-- the Crescendo variety of garden pea, developed by Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc., Oxnard, Calif.;

-- the MegaChip variety of potato, developed by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison, Wis.;

-- the Laura and Milva varieties of potato, developed by EUROPLANT Pfanzenzucht GmbH, Lüneburg, Germany;

-- the Stellar variety of perennial ryegrass, developed by DLF International Seeds, Halsey, Ore.;

-- the Profusion Deep Apricot, Profusion Knee High White, Profusion Double Cherry, Profusion Coral Pink, and Profusion Knee High Red varieties of zinnia, developed by Sakata Seed Corporation, Yokohama, Japan; and

-- the Cromwell* variety of wheat, developed by Regents of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

* 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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