Robert Graveland, Director: ‘Over the past year, the Research & Development team has been expanded with employees who work directly with the crop and experts in biometrics, bio-informatics and hybrid potato breeding. We are active in the latest technologies, which we are using to try to shorten the breeding process. HZPC is quickly on its way to halving the development time of a new variety from over ten years to approximately five years. I see plenty of opportunities to develop varieties of the near future according to hybrid breeding methods. New techniques such as gene manipulation and cisgenesis are a welcome addition to the breeder’s toolbox for crops with a multiple genome and clonal propagation. It is a promising process, but its outcome cannot be reliably predicted, especially due to the difference in legislation in Europe and beyond.
R&D guides the development of the new Fries4All® concept. We are on our way to healthier French fries. For this we have developed and patented knowledge about the production of low calorie French fries. We also provide process technology to the processing industry, which allows sensory values to be measured.