Registration of Service Plants in the French Catalogue

Before a new variety can be placed on the market in France, it must be registered in the Official French Catalogue of species and varieties, also known as the National Listing. The registration of a variety is decided by the Ministry of Agriculture based on proposals from the French Technical Committee for Plant Breeding (CTPS). These proposals are obtained on the basis of studies carried out by GEVES for the CTPS.

Service Plants Cross-Sectional Commission (CISPS)

Within the CTPS, a special committee is responsible for the VCUS testing of service plant varieties. This committee, called the Service Plants Cross-Sectional Commission (CISPS), is cross-disciplinary; its members are drawn from different CTPS sections which are divided according to botanical species group. The CISPS is responsible for defining and implementing testing regulations and methods, with a view to encouraging the development and use of service plants. Its concrete objectives are to:

  • Elaborate technical methods, protocols and results levels to meet breeders’ needs
  • Evaluate the admissibility of variety applications in light of the information and technical results provided
  • Determine data control procedures for data provided by applicants, and implement protocols and official experimentations to test the variety’s response to the claimed services and ensure the absence of disservices
  • Examine data and validate results obtained by GEVES following two years of VCUS testing, and announce the VCUS approval or refusal of the variety.

 

Registration on list A of the French Catalogue

A specific VCUS protocol for service plant varieties

The first version of the VCUS protocol is now available to applicants via the French Catalogue. It includes common information for all tests, and specific annexes for each species and/or service. It details the experimental procedures conducted for different services, and can be used as a reference tool by breeders and applicants looking to build a clear and comprehensive technical application.

 

Admissibility of VCUS applications for service plants  

Before launching the VCUS testing of a plant variety, the CISPS decides on the admissibility of the application, and whether the CTPS is able to carry out the variety study for the indicated service. The registration application must be submitted before the closing date and according to the instructions of the appropriate DUS Section.

If there is no method or means of evaluation for the indicated service, the application can be rejected as non-admissible. If the character of the service is potentially innovative, this could alter the possibility of refusal. In this case, the applicant must provide additional information in order to examine the methodological and economical feasibility of testing the variety, and propose a suitable testing protocol.

Official testing takes places over two VCUS cycles. To minimise administrative delays, applicants are encouraged to anticipate their intentions to file an application, and to prepare a technical file in accordance with the current VCUS protocol for service plants (for informational purposes only, this does not reduce the testing duration).

 

 

Decision rules for registration on list A

Just as for varieties for conventional use, service plant varieties must undergo DUS and VCUS testing, and be designated by an approved denomination in order to quality for registration. Following these official tests, the CISPS provides a recommendation on the VCUS admission, refusal or postponement of varieties.

List of varieties registered in the French Catalogue under the "Service Plants" category on 10/08/2018

The varieties listed below are registered on list A under the "Service Plants" category (UPS):

Species Denomination Year of registration Generic use(s) and specific mention(s)

 

Bristle oat Altesse

Avelux

Cadence

Delux

Fregate

Iapar 61

Jumper

Luxurial

Oceane

Panache

Roxane

Spirale

Toscane

2015

2015

2012

2017

2015

2015

2017

2012

2015

2012

2017

2017

2017

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Forage radish Adios

Cannavaro

Carwoodi

Doublet

Iris

Melotop

Mercator

Triangel

2003

2014

2005

2007

1983

2008

2013

2018

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (3)(4)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)(3)(4)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)(3)(5)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

White mustard Achilles

Bardavos

Cabri

Carabosse

Cargold

Caribella

Carla

Carline

Carnaval

Emergo

Floraine

Ludique

Metex

Sirene

Sito

Venice

Verdi

2003

2017

1997

2007

1994

2003

1984

2008

1992

1984

2018

2000

1991

2012

1996

2016

2017

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (2)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

Intermediate nitrate trap crop (1)

Brown mustard Goldperf 2018 Intermediate nitrate trap crop
  1. Classification H1, variety considerably prevents multiplication of Heterodera schachtii nematode
  2. Variety prevents multiplication of Heterodera schachtii nematode
  3. Variety prevents multiplication of Meloïdogyne chitwoodi nematode
  4. Variety prevents multiplication of Meloïdogyne fallax nematode
  5. Variety partially prevents multiplication of Meloïdogyne fallax nematode

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