2011-PROVEDO NURSERIES FRONT-RUNNER IN RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION IN NEW FRUIT STONE VARIETIES

For several years now, Provedo nurseries have been developing a programme of controlled hybridisations to improve its products and obtain varieties which adapt best to market demands.

 

This programme is taking place at the company’s centre in Extremadura (Don Benito) and is aimed at finding varieties of peach, nectarine, flat peach, Japanese plum and apricot and even at creating interspecifics.

Between 2000-2008 over 1,000,000 flowers have been pollinated. The fruits obtained have provided over 47,000 different genotypes or seedlings. It is estimated that each year 20,000 more trees will be introduced. The number of new trees generated per year gives an idea of the strength of this research programme which is attempting to adapt the characteristics of the new fruits to market demands, without forgetting new needs in production techniques.

The main achievement has been a new crunchy, very hard, sweet, juicy flesh for peach, nectarine, red flat peach and a long post-harvest life. The fruits mature slowly which means they can be consumed with a pleasant texture over a long period of time. Their flesh is resistant to oxidation and therefore very appropriate for the pre-prepared range. These varieties are patented and marketed under the common denominator EXTREME®.

Viveros Provedo’s global production is 5 million vines, 700,000 fruit trees and 500,000 olive trees. Luis Aliseda, the Extremadura centre manager, says that in addition to obtaining the plant, the nurseries also produce and patent it. Last year Provedo took out 32 new patents. Research and Development (R&D) is the source of this company’s brand differentiation.

And it is this field work which allows Provedo “to generate 20,000 genotypes per year which will produce new varieties, and then the products will be patented and marketed. “The 28 patents of fruit varieties produced last year include more resistant flavourful yellow peach, flat peach and nectarine.

In production systems, Provedo has chosen bare root, potted plant and in vitro production for the rootstock.

The domestic and European market, the Maghreb and Turkey are the main destinations. Fruit tree sales in Spain include Lleida, Murcia, Seville and Valencia.

Article published in www. fruittoday.com in 2011