Potato breeding in the Netherlands: successful collaboration between farmers and commercial breeders

C.J.M. Almekinders, L. Mertens, Jan van Loon, E. Lammerts Van Bueren

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The Dutch potato breeding model, which involves a partnership between farmers and commercial breeding companies in a modern, Western context, is unique. While there are other examples of collaborative relationships between farmers and breeders in Europe, the Dutch potato breeding model stands out in terms of its long track record, the involvement of the private sector, and the institutional integration of the relationship which up to today facilitates access to genetic materials and financial benefit sharing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-37
JournalFarming Matters
Issue numberSpecial Issue April
Publication statusPublished - May 2016



  • potatoes
  • table potatoes
  • plant breeding
  • netherlands
  • cooperation
  • farmers
  • genetic diversity
  • firms
  • agricultural law
  • new variety
  • organic farming

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