Xi'an jinpeng intends to lead domestic tomato breeding
Xian Jinpeng Intends to Lead Domestic Tomato BreedingSummary: Xian Jinpeng fully opened an R&D center in early 2012 to accelerate tomatobreeding process, according to CCM International’s June Issue of Seed China News.Tags: seed, tomato, breeding, tomato breeding, R&D, tomato seed, Xian JinpengXian Jinpeng Seed Co., Ltd. (Xian Jinpeng), a prominent tomato seed supplier in China, fullyopened an R&D center in early 2012. The R&D center, located in the Modern AgricultureDemonstration Garden of Yangling City, Shaanxi Province, is committed to tomato research andcommercialized breeding. When the construction of R&D center was launched in 2010, a newcompany named Shaanxi Jinpeng Seed Co., Ltd. was formally incorporated in Yangling City, withregistered capital of USD1.58 million (RMB10 million), which acts as the special R&D departmentof Xian Jinpeng, according to CCM International’s June Issue of Seed China News.As a private enterprise specialized in tomato breeding and seed production, Xian Jinpeng hasbeen facing an increasingly intense competition in domestic tomato seed market, as more andmore tomato varieties have been introduced by seed companies both at home and abroad.Relying on the R&D center, Xian Jinpeng intends to accelerate tomato breeding process anddevelop more tomato varieties with great competitiveness.It is understood that Xian Jinpengs R&D center is composed of laboratories of biotechnology,tomato pathology and tomato breeding, 50 tomato planting greenhouses with high standard, atomato seed processing workshop and a seed vault with low temperature and humidity, totallycovering an area of 6.53 ha. (98 mu). At present, tomato breeding experiments are conductednormally in the R&D center. The varieties and combinations on exhibition are attracting largenumber of vegetable growers, distributors and breeding experts from various places.Xian Jinpeng was founded in 2001 by a tomato breeder: Li Xiaodong who acts as the companysgeneral manager and also the director of Xian Emperor Institute of Vegetable which is a part ofXian Jinpeng. With a powerful R&D team led by Li Xiaodong, Xian Jinpeng has continuouslydeveloped a series of tomato varieties with good commodity and excellent resistance to relevantdiseases and pests."Jinpeng 1", Xian Jinpengs pink tomato variety with great tolerance for storage andtransportation, has been well recognized by domestic growers. After being planted for over tenyears, "Jinpeng 1" still occupies a high market share in northwestern and eastern areas.
"Jinpeng M6", another excellent pink tomato variety of Xian Jinpeng bred in 2008, presents agreat resistance to Meloidogyne. In May 2011, "Jinpeng M6" obtained the appraisal of CropVariety Approval Committee in Shaanxi Province. Revealed by Li Xiaodong, the planting area of"Jinpeng M6" at home has seen steady growth in recent years.Eyeing the widespread tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TY), Xian Jinpeng has successfullycultivated some anti-TY pink tomato varieties since 2010, such as "Jinpeng 10" and "Jinpeng 11".With excellent resistance and fine commodity, Xian Jinpengs anti-TY tomato varieties have beenwell recognized in the market."Our existing anti-TY tomato varieties are only achievements of transition," said Li Xiaodong, "andwe shall take commodity improvement as the primary objective of tomato breeding: taking intoaccount the disease and pest resistance under the premise of ensuring the commodity oftomato."Mr. Li believes that there are almost no excellent pink tomato varieties at home which canperfectly combine TY resistance and good commodity mainly covering appearance, flavor andnutrition quality. In his opinion, numerous tomato varieties of domestic and foreign companieshave been in a tangled warfare, none of which have occupied absolute advantage. However, Mr.Li considers that the status of tangled warfare would not last too long, in view of the increasingefforts of breeders in tomato variety improvement."Tomato growers have gained more and more experience for preventing and controlling TY, andthus the resistance to TY would not be so important for tomato breeding in future," said Mr. Li.In course of development, Xian Jinpengs biggest obstacle is the infringement from other illegaloperators, rather than the great competitiveness of multinational seed companies. Some tomatoseeds of Xian Jinpeng like "Jinpeng 1" and "Jinpeng M6" have suffered infringement in varyingdegrees, which has caused great loss to Xian Jinpeng. According to Mr. Li, the company wishesmore protection over intellectual property rights from the government in future.As for the competition between domestic and foreign companies, Mr. Li considers that it is also amutual promotion. While crowding domestic seed players, multinational seed companies havebrought abundant germplasm resources and advanced management concepts to domesticcounterparts.
At present, Xian Jinpeng mainly markets tomato seeds in the north part of China. The companystill has a weak development capability for the market of southern areas mainly coveringGuangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Hainan. Revealed by Mr. Li, Xian Jinpeng has not bredappropriate varieties for southern areas and it will increase corresponding R&D efforts to developsouthern market.Source: Seed China News 1206http://www.cnchemicals.com/Newsletter/NewsletterDetail_28.htmlContent of Seed China News 1206:MOA to promulgate Seed Ten-Year Development Plan within 2012GM crops need further supervision in ChinaA vegetable seed and seedling research hub settled in HubeiHefei Fengle to expand corn seed business in XinjiangPerformance differentiation appears in seed companiesAgricultural experts: wheat output would decrease in 2012Bt cotton could enhance biocontrol servicesHenan Qiule joints CAU to improve corn variety "Zhengdan 958"Xian Jinpeng intends to lead domestic tomato breedingChinese researchers found a grain size, shape and quality gene in riceSeed China News, a monthly publication issued by CCM International on 30th of every month,offers timely update and close follow-up of China’s seed industry dynamics, analyzes market dataand finds out factors influencing market developmentAbout CCM InternationalCCM International is dedicated to market research in China, Asia-Pacific Rim and global market.With a staff of more than 150 dedicated highly-educated professionals. CCM International offersMarket Data, Analysis, Reports, Newsletters, Buyer-Trader Information, Import/Export Analysis allthrough its new proprietary product ValoTracer.For more information, please visit http://www.cnchemicals.com.CCM International Ltd.Guangzhou CCM Information Science & Technology Co., Ltd.17th Floor, Huihua Commercial & Trade Mansion, No.80 Xianlie Zhong Road, Guangzhou510070, China