A private, non-profit association comprising the most importantcompanies and public centres engaged in research, development and operation ofnew plant varieties in extensive crops, horticulture crops, fruit crops, etc.,in which they have a majority presence. Its main purposes are therepresentation, promotion and defence of their professional interests,channelling and managing their participation and intermediation before publicauthorities and all kinds of organisations and entities.
The new plant variety development sector in Spain can be divided into threelarge groups according to the varieties developed. Research into new varietiesis focused on seeds in the groups of Horticulture and Extensive Crops, whereasactivity involving plants grown in nurseries is concentrated in the group ofFruit Crops.
Sustainable agriculture is an essential requirement for sustainabledevelopment. The genetic improvement of plants develops in parallel withagricultural sustainability through the breeding of new plant varieties withcharacteristics such as resistance to pests and disease, resistance to abioticstress, increased photosynthetic efficiency, high water usage efficiency andnutrient assimilation efficiency.
The members of ANOVE play a fundamental role as researchers andsuppliers of a technology (new plant varieties) that is essential foragricultural development, unanimously recognised as the main source of addedvalue.
Faced with the wide-reaching changes being experienced by ouragricultural production model, said companies present unique characteristics,problems and challenges that have highlighted the need for the creation of anew association, alongside similar organisations in neighbouring countries andat European and international levels.
The European seed industry accounts for approximately 25% of the globalmarket. The European seed trade generates more than 30,000 jobs in the EuropeanUnion, of which 5,000 are in R&D. Research trials are performed every yearin Spainwith more than 30,000 new varieties in the horticulture sector alone.
The members of ANOVE account for a majority percentage of the varietiesused in the main crops: Horticulture (100%); Extensive crops - Maize (95%),Sunflowers (90%), Cotton (60%); Sugar Beet (80%); Cereals (90%); Fruits (90%).