Varietal innovation

ADAPT THE VARIETIES GROWN TO CHANGES IN AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS

Faced with the increase in the global population, meeting food needs is one of the main challenges for agriculture. To meet this challenge, agricultural production has to increase 60% by 2050 in quantity, quality, and diversity. With a decrease in resources such as arable land, water, and energy, an increase in yields and the optimization of farmland requires a long-term environmental approach. Limagrain is convinced that plant breeding is one of the solutions that will meet these challenges.

16,7 %
of seed sales are invested in research by Limagrain.

Breeding teams continually strive to create varieties that meets the expectations of farmers and growers, whatever their operating system, issues or geographical area. Limagrain therefore integrates the requirements of producers and the entire agri-food chain from the very start of its research programmes, thanks to close, ongoing relations between the breeders and local teams dedicated to product development or sales. Limagrain also integrates new agronomic practice into its research, related to new technology, especially digital technology. The work of the Group’s breeders aims to adapt the varieties grown to changes in agricultural ecosystems and their constraints (climate, soil quality, etc.).

A reduction in inputs, such as fertilisers or plant health products, together with better resistance or tolerance to pests and diseases, are factors taken into account for improving the environmental performance of sustainable yields. Reducing the use of plant care products is one of society’s major expectations, and genetics will provide sustainable solutions in this regard.

More than
100
Limagrain research centres are spread throughout the world to be as close as possible to the crops’ pedo-climatic conditions.

 
    300 
               new varieties are created and brought to market each year by Limagrain.