“Hamburger potato breeder Solana emphasises the relevance of plant variety protection for progress in plant breeding Hamburg, April 25, 2012: intellectual property is the raw material of our country” this statement of the campaign of the trade paper for the protection of intellectual property in the music and film industry goes to the heart. That also the potato breeding in particular on the protection of intellectual property is assigned to, is not known to many”, says Torsten spill, CEO of the Solana GmbH & Co KG, potato breeding and trading company from Hamburg. Potato varieties, as well as many more varieties can be often easy to copy and multiply: A more effective protection of intellectual property rights in plant breeding is therefore essential. Not to be underestimated, innovation and investment, which plug into a single seed tuber are: the development of a new variety will cost several million euros and must be remunerated therefore. 10 to 15 years we are working on the development of a new variety”, so spill. Preceded by many years are intense Basic research. “We see a challenge in our work as a plant breeder, because the potato is a boom in the world market ‘, which must meet various requirements from industry, consumers and farmers.” In crops such as the potato, the harvest of a variety on the farm only upon the payment of a reproduction fee may be planted again. Breeders such as the Solana secure thereby partly financing their research services, specifically against the background of climate change in plant breeding a central importance to them.

Background information: On SKa / Solana group: Solana GmbH & co. KG is the exclusive sales organization of the SKa plant breeding GmbH & co. KG, one of the leading private breeding companies for quality potato varieties. The SKa / Solana Group offers quality seed potato from modern, responsible production with a service, farmers, trade and consumers equally convinced. With over 100 years of experience, it breeds SKa planter potato varieties, which enjoy great popularity. The offer of the SKa / Solana group is complemented by a comprehensive consulting service, which ensures that the cultivation of potatoes for everyone from the farmer trade is a success to the consumer. More information under: press contact: OnTop PR Stefanie Lindemann * King Street 30 * 22767 Hamburg phone: 040 / 7930 7184 * fax: 040 / 3567 98819