HM.CLAUSE has launched its first variety with resistance to one of the most problematic viruses in recent years.
The seed company HM.CLAUSE continues to extend its courgette portfolio, after 15 years as the leader for greenhouse crops in Europe, with varieties such as its iconic Victoria and others such as Gloria, Mítica, Sinatra and Musa. Now it is back, ready to take a step further, offering commercial materials with resistances to New Delhi (ToLCNDV or Tomato Leaf Curl New Delhi Virus), a virus that meant a before and after for courgette growing following its appearance in 2012.
These innovations are framed in the ‘NO-ND – New Delhi resistance’ line and, at present, there are two varieties that have been launched commercially in Spain. These are Dharma and Brahma. With these two, the company is bringing an end to this serious problem, following the same fruit quality line that characterises its varieties: cylindrical, straight courgettes, which are well-filled, with significant shininess, dark and with a very small pistil closure. In addition, as with all the varieties in the company’s courgette range, these two new developments “maintain the same level of parthenocarpy as the ones that we already have on the market,” according to José Miguel Reyes Deza, Head of Marketing and Communication at HM.CLAUSE, and they also present excellent agronomic yield: high productivity, good plant strength, making it easier to handle and with an excellent post-harvest conservation.
The Dharma variety was the first to be launched, focused on July-August plantations and also for plantations from January onwards. Its high production and a very good conservation stand out, as detailed by José Miguel Reyes Deza.
Brahma is for short cycles, as it adapts very well to high temperatures. As with the other varieties, it delivers fruit with excellent quality, with a high production and good post-harvest.
It is worth remembering that in Italy, HM.CLAUSE has launched two materials in the same line with resistance to ToLCNDV, but that is not all. The seed company continues working at its research centres to extend the ‘NO-ND – New Delhi resistance’ line to other crop cycles and types of fruit, aimed at covering all the requirements of the producers and the rest of the chain.