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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 46

Plant Breeding Legislation in Europe

Jørgen H. Selchau

pp: 131-133


It seems that some people today believe that breeders, researchers, and others, who are devoted to the development of new plant varieties, be it agricultural or horticultural species, are akin to the "alchemists" of ancient times. Convinced that they are able to transform any base metal into the most precious of all: gold! Influenced by a deep belief in the mystical teachings of chemistry, the alchemists had faith that they would, eventually, reach their ultimate goal.

After more than 10 years in close contact with breeders and researchers, I have realised, that modern breeding programmes truly do include techniques and methods far beyond the "golden" eggs. Consequently it is of the utmost importance for the plant breeder to protect his invention. This paper is an attempt to inform you of the basic ideas of intellectual property legislation in Europe and the practical implementation of such systems through plant variety rights legislation.

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