AHDB Recommended Lists for cereals and oilseeds 2016–2021

Project number 212000110

Project consortium AHDB, British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB), Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain (MAGB) and National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim). 

Start date July 2016

End date March 2021

AHDB funding £7,953,359

Total funding £20,263,209

The challenge

New varieties are the result of many years of hard work by commercial plant breeding companies. Over several years, they create thousands of lines, selecting and refining them until they are satisfied that they have a variety that will be competitive. When such a variety is identified, it undergoes two years of National List testing to see if it is morphologically distinct, genetically uniform and stable (DUS). In the field and lab, the variety is assessed to prove its value for cultivation and use (VCU). If testing is successful, the variety will be added to the National List and the applicant granted Plant Breeders Rights, which means seed can be sold and the breeder rewarded for the considerable effort and resources they have invested in creating and supporting the new variety. Varieties attaining the National List of one EU state can, via an administrative list known as the ‘Common Catalogue’, also be sold in another EU state. The National List system is funded by the fees paid by breeders and is managed by FERA.

Following the National List trials, further testing is required to establish whether any new variety has a sufficient ‘balance of features’ (covering agronomic, quality end use and yield traits) that is likely to give an economic benefit to the industry.  

The project

This project will undertake trials and tests for 2016/17 to 2020/21 cropping years to provide independent data so the AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) for cereal and oilseeds can be produced.

Lists will be published each December for the following crops: winter wheat; spring wheat; winter barley; spring barley; winter oats; spring oats and winter oilseed rape.

In addition, trials will be undertaken to provide independent data for Descriptive Lists (DLs) for the following crops: spring oilseed rape; linseed; winter rye and winter triticale.

Detailed information on the trials and recommendation process can be accessed via

The benefits

The Recommended Lists project provides numerous benefits to multiple stakeholders, including:

> Growers and agronomists – independent information for decision making

> Breeders – independent evaluation of varieties and promotion of new varieties

> MAGB and nabim – independent evaluation of quality traits of new varieties

> Research community – resource of variety characteristics for research purposes 

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