New broccoli variety "could become industry standard", says Syngenta

Phillip Ayres with the Monrello variety - image:Syngenta
Phillip Ayres with the Monrello variety - image:Syngenta

Syngenta has launched a new broccoli variety, Monrello, offering a range of attributes including improved head firmness.

According to the company's new dedicated brassica crop specialist Phillip Ayres, trials in northern Europe have demonstrated over 15 per cent improvement in head firmness compared to a basket of standard main-season varieties.

"Furthermore, shelf-life trials have shown Monrello was 33 per cent better than the current industry standard from spring plantings," he said, pointing out that Monrello also boasts strong field standing ability and uniformity of head weight and shape, along with vigour and resistance to downy mildew.

"We believe that it could become the new industry standard variety for main-season autumn production in the UK," he added.


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