The French Catalogue and results for the plant and seed sectors

The French Catalogue and results for the plant and seed sectors

Data acquired during registration tests is primarily used to provide the necessary technical information for the decision of registration in the French Catalogue. This data can also be widely used in other contexts. It is also promoted through the Continuum for variety testing and through research projects.

The Catalogue and results from tests carried out for registration

The French Catalogue provides a list of registered varieties with administrative data (list, year of registration, breeder, maintainer). On top of this, it provides access to results of the tests carried out to assess the value and description of a variety.

Variety characterization for vegetable species registered in the Catalogue informs the user about the main characteristics of the variety. In particular:

  • The variety’s genetic structure: hybrid, non-hybrid, or clone
  • The variety’s culti-group: chicory (to cut, Chiloggia, sugar loaf), endive (leaf colour), cauliflower (head colour, physiology group), shallot (propagation type, shape and colour), bean (growth type, colour of pod and seed), lettuce (seed colour, type and use), onion (type and colour of dry layer), pea (seed type, seed colour), radish (root type and colour)
  • And depending on the species: earlinessgrowth type (tomato), bolting resistance (chicory and lettuce), dry matter content (onion), and disease and insect resistance.

You can find these descriptions on our website for all varieties registered in the Catalogue:

The continuum for variety evaluation

A variety is evaluated throughout its lifetime, first by plant breeders, in its trial network and other experimental stations, in particular regional stations of the CTIFL.

Then the variety undergoes DUS testing for its registration in the catalogue. Alongside the DUS testing, or post-registration, studies are carried out in order to specify the variety’s characteristics and conditions for growing and use. These studies are carried out by CTIFL UNILEC (for canned vegetables), SONITO (industry tomatoes), regional stations and production groups (e.g. CETA), cooperatives, and industrial users. This assessment is then continued by farmers and end users.

Other uses for data acquired during registration tests

The data acquired by the CTPS offers a wealth of information that can be used to foster knowledge production. It is used by GEVES to calculate the genetic progress brought about by the registration of new varieties.