A proposal for enhanced EU herbage VCU and DUS testing procedures

Trevor J. Gilliland, Paolo Annicchiarico, Bernadette Julier, Marc Ghesquière
2020 Grass and Forage Science  
Before new herbage cultivars can be sold in any EU member state (MS) and gain EU-wide marketing, they must pass official tests to prove they are both novel and improved. Two independent regulatory systems are employed. Plant breeders' rights (PBR) protects existing registered cultivars from plagiaristic exploitation. Value for cultivation and use (VCU) testing requires evidence of a clear value improvement in candidate
doi:10.1111/gfs.12492 fatcat:g7le7dao7nd3vdzmzliompvisa