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VCU Testing - VS02001

It is a requirement of EC directives that new varieties of agricultural and vegetable species be entered on an EC National List before they can be marketed in the commumity.
Agricultural varieties must demonstrate that they have Value for Cultivation or Use (VCU) over those currently on a National List before they can be added to a list.
Growing trials are normally conducted over two growing seasons (longer for grasses), to establish whether a variety has value for cultivation or use as defined in the Regulations.
NIAB conduct VCU trials on behalf of the UK National Authorities for cereals, oilseeds, forage maize, grasses and fodder crops. Costs are met by Defra, and recouped through fees to applicants.
For further information please see This site gives details of contacts at the Plant Variety and Seeds Division who can give further information about National Listing, and VCU trialling.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1996

To: 2016

Cost: £7,417,587
Contractor / Funded Organisations
National Institute of Agricultural Botany
Arable Farming              
Plant Varieties and Seeds              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Plant Varieties and Seeds