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New Plant Breeders’ Rights database launched

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A new database to assist seed sector stakeholders to easily identify Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) protection on crop varieties registered for sale in Canada has been launched.

The Crop Varieties Registered in Canada and Plant Breeders’ Rights Status database was created by the Canadian Seed Trade Association with the assistance of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s variety registration office and the plant breeders’ rights office.

Using the database, seed sector value chain members can easily identify the PBR status of a crop variety with a few simple steps. Users can search specifically by crop kind, variety name, and by the type of PBR protection. The full database is available at

The type of PBR protection is indicated by two certification marks: UPOV 1978 or UPOV 1991. “We encourage members and stakeholders to check the database frequently,” said seed trade association president Scott Horner.

“We also hope everyone continues to visit to review the opportunities and obligations relevant to all of us under the new Plant Breeders’ Rights legislation.”

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