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USDA Grants Protection to 14 New Plant Varieties

AMS No. 041-09

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

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued certificates of protection to developers of 14 new varieties of seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants. They include fescue, lettuce, lobelia, muskmelon, soybean, wheat and vinca.

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 14 certificates are:

-- the Barvado* variety of tall fescue, developed by Barenbrug Holland B.V., Oosterhout, the Netherlands and Rutgers, The State of University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J.;

-- the Estival variety of lettuce, developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada;

-- the Lilac Splash variety of annual lobelia, developed by Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, Ill.;

-- the WSH 39-1046 AN variety of muskmelon, developed by Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc., Oxnard, Calif.;

-- the 90Y40, 91Y90, RJS36001, RJS34002, and RJS34001 varieties of soybean, developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Johnston, Iowa;

-- the Carter and Goliath varieties of common wheat, developed by WestBred, LLC, Bozeman, Mont; and

-- the Pacifica Dark Red, Pacifica Really Red, and Pacifica Burgundy Halo varieties of vinca, developed by Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, Ill.

* 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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