Royal Avebe and Solynta Join Forces: Hybrid Breeding in Starch Potato Production

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Veendam/Wageningen, 15 April 2021
Averis Seeds B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Avebe, will be working together with the hybrid potato breeding company Solynta on the hybrid breeding of starch potato varieties. Hybrid breeding facilitates significantly faster development of new sustainable potato varieties compared to conventional breeding.

Hybrid breeding is an important accelerator for making starch potato cultivation more sustainable because it allows for
a faster response to challenges such as changing weather conditions and potato diseases that constantly adapt to
resistances. Growing better varieties faster reduces the need for crop protection products, and yields can be increased
while using fertilisers more effectively.

Johan Hopman, Breeding & Research Manager at Averis, is pleased with the collaboration: "Now that we can see the
successful results of hybrid breeding, the time has come to use this technique for breeding starch potato varieties as well."

Hybrid breeding
For over twelve years, Solynta has been working on obtaining Hybrid True Potato Seed: a technical revolution that
enables faster breeding. Hybrid breeding makes it possible to better control the progress of varietal properties.
Naturally occurring properties such as resistance to drought, pests and diseases can be quickly introgressed. The
result is a significantly shorter development process and faster progress with the properties that are of value to Avebe's

Director Research & Development Edwin van der Vossen of Solynta: "This collaboration brings together Averis' specific
knowledge of properties and genetics for starch potato cultivation with Solynta's hybrid breeding platform, creating a continuous stream of ever-improving varieties for Avebe's growers."

About Royal Avebe
Royal Avebe is a cooperative of 2,300 arable farmers in the Netherlands and Germany. Each year, the starch potatoes
of those members are processed into high-grade ingredients based on potato starch and protein; they add value to
food products but also to industrial applications worldwide. Avebe works continuously on developing new opportunities
and applications based on starch potatoes and is focused on sustainable continuity. The company has 1,300
employees and production sites in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden and sales offices in the United States,
Europe and Asia. The Head Office is in Veendam. For information about Avebe visit www.avebe.com

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