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Seed. Rijk Zwaan launches resistant zucchini to New Delhi

They will be marketed under the DelhiDefens brand

After years of research, a team of researchers and growers from the Dutch company Rijk Zwaan from the Netherlands, Italy and Spain managed to develop the first varieties of zucchini resistant to the “New Delhi” virus. Virosis (ToLCNDV), which affects both the plant and the fruit at any stage of cultivation, has been causing serious problems for producers in the Mediterranean area for almost a decade, significantly affecting the yields of this vegetable. In Italy, the virus has been present for more than five years and has affected half of the cultivated hectares, mainly in Sicily and Lazio.

Thanks to the launch of varieties of zucchini resistant to the New Delhi virus, the Dutch multinational has taken an important step in this market: "There is a huge demand for products of this type in Italy and in the Mediterranean basin and Rijk Zwaan has worked to offer effective and innovative solutions to producers damaged by virus", comments María Lourdes Pérez Aguilera, courgette cultivation manager of Rijk Zwaan Spain. The first varieties resistant to New Delhi, which will be marketed under the DelhiDefense brand, have already been tested and promoted by a group selected partners to be used commercially in the next campaign. In parallel with the commercial introduction process, the team of researchers is carrying out the selection work to extend resistance to other varieties of courgette, both greenhouse and open field, so to offer a solution for all segments.

"The advantages deriving from this new Rijk Zwaan resistance", explains Gabriele Lippi , Crop Coordinator for Rijk Zwaan courgettes, "do not concern only the courgette producers, but also the other partners of the agro-food chain who will be able to count on a supply more stable and constant of higher quality and more sustainable products, thus improving the marketing and distribution processes".

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