Hansabred GmbH & Co.KG
In 2008, Hansabred GmbH & Co. KG was founded as a European strawberry breeding and research company. The shareholders are four widely known European companies: Kraege Beerenpflanzen (Germany), Vissers (Netherlands), R. W. Walpole Strawberry Plants Ltd. (UK) and Plantas de Navarra, S.A. (Spain). Important aspects of the Hansabred breeding programme are portrayed: high resistance to different pathogens and improved strawberry flavour. A large germplasm collection consist of two parts: “Professor Staudt Collection” with more than 900 accessions of wild species and a cultivar collection with 200 cultivars. It allows innovative pathways in strawberry breeding. Hansabred has initiated a project network together with fruit processing companies as well as national and international research institutes and universities. These contacts provide full compatibility with science-based breeding research. Experiences in the practical and scientific realization of inheritance studies, consumer assisted selection, cytological methods, fruit analysis and resistance evaluation exist.
Main task in the project
Within the BreedingValue project, Hansabred is involved in horticultural activities including field trials, plant material selection, phenotyping, fruit sampling, studies of plant health and plant pathology, sensory evaluations, and lead of work package 1.