The global market for fruit and vegetable seeds, worth US$8.8 billion in 2016, is projected to exceed $14.0 billion by 2022.
Decreasing land availability and demographic factors such as population growth, Asia’s expanding middle-class and changing diets, are driving demand for horticultural plants capable of producing high yields even in sub-optimal growing conditions.
Abundant Produce was established to work with researchers at the University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute to respond to this need, breeding varieties that producing high yields of A-grade vegetables in growing conditions characterized by limited water supplies, temperature extremes and poor soils.
This allows growers to reduce costs within existing operations and to expand production by exploiting land that may not be commercially viable using traditional horticultural varieties, particularly in arid parts of Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
Exploring the development of these varieties, Abundant Seeds breeds plants which focus on flavour and high yield for seed sales for the food market, along with breeding and growing ‘high active’ plants for Abundant Natural Heath’s skincare line.
Abundant creates “F1 hybrids”, the result of crossing two distinctly different parental plant-lines. Abundant has developed a portfolio of around 5,000 parental plant-lines, allowing the breeders to precisely target desired attributes such as temperature/disease resistance, taste, colour, crunch, shape, size and shelf life.
F1 hybrids offer growers another major benefit – increased yield. Typically in the range of a 15-50%, this yield increase stems from ‘hybrid vigour’: the improved biological function found in hybrid offspring.
Australian horticultural growers who choose Abundant Seeds aren’t just buying varieties bred here in Australia to suit Australian growing conditions. They’re tapping into a proactive after-sales service, including technical support backed by the scientific might of Sydney University’s world-renowned Plant Breeding Institute.
In Australia, growers in New South Wales and South Australia are increasingly choosing Abundant seeds across the seasons, and trials are commencing in Queensland and Victoria.
Internationally, Abundant seeds are sold in the UK and are being trialed in Europe, the United States, Canada and the Middle East.