General objectives of genetic improvement of cucumber

The main objectives of cucumber genetic improvement are based on known work on varieties like long, slicer, beith-alpha and rootstock.

Our genetically enhanced varieties show resistance to the following viruses: CYSDV, CVYV, CMV, PM, Ccu and Cca.

Our research and development tasks are oriented to target markets in America, Europe, Middle East and Maghreb.

BeithAlpha

We carry out breeding on cucumber varieties type Beith Alpha with the strategy of gradual introduction of virus resistances, and improved productivity, furthermore taking into account those agronomic traits of interest to the consumer.

BeithAlpha
Rootstocks

We carry out breeding on cucumber varieties type Rootstock with the strategy of gradual introduction of virus resistances, and improved productivity, furthermore taking into account those agronomic traits of interest to the consumer.

Rootstocks
Slicer

We carry out breeding on cucumber varieties type Slicer with the strategy of gradual introduction of virus resistances, and improved productivity, furthermore taking into account those agronomic traits of interest to the consumer.

Slicer

List of varieties and characteristics of Cucumber

Shape Size Color Resistance Markets
DutchCca, Ccu, CMV, CVYV, CYSDV, PMSpain
Cca, Ccu, CMV, CVYV, CYSDV, PMGreece
SlicerCca, Ccu, CMV, CVYV, CYSDV, PMSpain
Cca, Ccu, CMV, CVYV, CYSDV, PMGreece, South Africa
BeithAlphaCca, Ccu, CMV, CVYV, CYSDV, PMGreece
RootstocksF, NSpain, Greece, Morocco

Resistances that we work on Cucumber

One of the main strategies of our improvement program is the gradual introduction of virus resistances in our genetic material, and always taking into account vegetable characters of business interest.
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Introducted resistances

Resistance Inbreeds Description
CYSDV (Two origins)***Yellowing of cucurbits
CVYV***Yellow vein virus
Pm***Powdery mildew
CMV**Cucumber mosaic virus

Developing resistances

Resistance Source Description
FusariumC. SativusIntroduction in elite lines
DM (mildew)C. SativusIntroduction in elite lines
N (Nematodes)C. SativusIntroduction in elite lines

Lines of Cucumber

We combine classic and modern selection methods including experiments of resistance to CYSDV and Pm in natural environmental conditions of infection, which show high levels of resistance in our material.
Methods Advantages Problems
Di-HaploidsFastness, Stability, MABCost, Adaptation, Di-h combination
Classical breedingAdaptation, Flexibility, CostTime

New projects for improvement of Cucumber

Our new objectives are rootstocks, diversification and creation of new lines for other markets.
Project Description
RootstocksSpecific and interspecific with resistances
DiversificationNew snacking types
New marketsAsia
Consulting, new varieties, seed multiplication, breeding services, genetic counseling, development of varieties, software seed management and genetic improvement, germplasm collection, seed Ecommerce, characterization of varieties of plant genetics laboratory, analysis of varietal purity, molecular markers, tomato seeds, pepper seeds, eggplant seeds, cucumber seeds.