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A new barrier against downy mildew in basil

Fenix is preparing to launch a new range of hybrid basil plants known as the Prospera Active range. These plants have advanced resistance to the Peronospora belbahrii fungus, specifically targeting the first and second strains responsible for basil downy mildew. This development is a result of years of research, experimentation, and field trials in collaboration with Genesis Seeds Ltd.

The Prospera Active range complements the existing Prospera range, which offers resistance to the first strain of the pathogen. The new range significantly expands options for basil growers, processors, and distributors in Italy and Europe. The genetic resistance to Fusarium of basil, the first strain of basil downy mildew (DM-0), and the more recent second strain (DM-1) has been patented as PCT/IL2023/050064 to protect the research efforts.

The new range includes various varieties with differing characteristics such as shape, habit, internode length, leaf shape, and aroma to cater to different segments of the basil market. Growers can choose long-internode varieties suitable for both greenhouse and open-field cultivation for fresh cutting and mechanized harvesting or medium-short internode varieties for pot production. Niche varieties like Thai and anis-flavored basil are also available.

Unlike the monogenic resistance of the first Prospera range, the Prospera Active range boasts polygenic resistance, involving multiple genes working together to enhance resistance to downy mildew. This makes it a valuable option for organic growers and anyone seeking to offer a healthier product with genetic resistance as a key component of integrated pest management.

For more information:
Fenix Seeds
Via XVIII Traversa 68
Belpasso (CT) - Italy
+39 095 8369384
+39 095 3286516
+39 095 328 6517
[email protected]

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