Turkey: Innovative varieties on display at Growtech Eurasia

The varieties of the Turkish breeder Yuksel Seeds Ltd are more often found in greenhouses all over the world. At the Growtech Eurasia in Antalya, Turkey last month, we spoke with Zia Yildiz of Yuksel. The breeder showcased some of its newest and most innovative varieties, also for the international market.

Agricultural engineer Ziya Yildiz states that “we have a very strong breeding programme. Every year we try over 1,000 new hybrids, and we have 210 hectares of land to accommodate several modern greenhouses, where breeding is carried out at higher standards than GSPP.”

Ziya Yildiz of Yuksel.

The company has 246 registered varieties worldwide and exports to a total of 53 countries, although focusing only on tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, melons, watermelons, aubergines and squash. “I am in charge of North and South America, working in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the United States, where we are currently trying five commercial tomato varieties, one Dutch cucumber and one blocky red pepper,” says Ziya.

He explains that many hydroponic greenhouses in Leamington, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are interested in their products. “The larger American growers are looking for better than better, and if they select a variety from us, they will try again. We already have developed some exclusive beef varieties for several Leamington companies.”

Here are some noteworthy varieties that we spotted at their booth:

A New Dutch cucumber (no name yet): The chosen one from a selection of 35 varieties; already appreciated by growers in Leamington and California. Yields vary, but the shelf life is really good. It is resistant to mildew and numerous diseases, including the Mosaic virus.

Yuksel's Red, orange and yellow bell peppers: The 133414-F1 with mildew resistance for mid- and low-tech greenhouses in Mexico, intended for soil cultivation. It is also being tested in the open field with very good results.

Gulbempe F1 Pink beef tomatoes: Popular in Leamington, as they are suitable for the Pink Ribbon campaign against breast cancer. The heirloom varieties are resistant to many diseases and have a long shelf life.

Ciko F1 kumato-type: A brown tomato, developed for the Turkish market, but very strong in North America's high-tech greenhouses.

For more information:
Yüksel Tohum
Ziya Yildiz
T: +90 242 461 23 93
C: +90 532 414 00 17
F: +90 242 461 23 46

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