Two new commercial celery varieties released
By Marg Land
May 21, 2008, Oviedo, Fla. –
U.S.-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods, owner of the world’s largest celery
breeding program, has received patents for two new
commercial celery varieties.
May 21, 2008, Oviedo, Fla. – U.S.-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods, which owns the world’s largest celery breeding program, has been granted two additional patents for new commercial celery varieties.
The new varieties, ADS-11 and ADS-2, come from more than 1,200 lines developed for company trials each year.
The newest patented celery varieties – both received in April 2008 – join six other celery patents in addition to five celery PVPs (Plant Variety Protection). The company has six additional celery variety patents pending.
To protect its proprietary celery varieties, the company has adopted DNA fingerprinting technology.
The DNA system used by Duda Farm Fresh Foods allows the company to identify its varieties on the grocery store shelf, rather than testing the seed.
The company, which also has a radish breeding program, also received a patent for a new radish variety, ADS-10, in April. It currently has one radish PVP.
Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a major grower, shipper and marketer of fresh citrus and fresh and fresh-cut vegetables with primary locations in Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, Georgia and Michigan.