“The new Cercospora trait truly represents a milestone for classic sugarbeet breeding,” says Dr. Andreas Loock, Head of International Sugarbeet Breeding at KWS. “This is an important contribution to a sustainable agriculture and secures the profitability of sugarbeet cultivation for the future.”
The leaf disease Cercospora beticola is one of the world’s most harmful fungal diseases for sugarbeets: The fungus can result in yield losses of up to 50 percent. There is a moderate to high incidence of infection for around two-thirds of cultivated areas worldwide. Against the background of increasing regulations on pesticides and the increasing resistance of the pests to fungicides, the cultivation of healthy varieties with high Cercospora tolerance is gaining in urgency and importance. The new KWS CR+TM varieties offer the potential to significantly reduce the use of fungicides in terms of sustainable agriculture.
The new varieties with CR+TM take its place alongside a range of innovative developments in KWS sugarbeet breeding. With the CONVISO® SMART system, which is already available in 24 countries, the company has also developed an effective and efficient option for weed control in sugarbeet cultivation, which at the same time enables the use of herbicides to be significantly reduced.