Plant varieties

Plant varieties

Wageningen University & Research licenses proprietary plant varieties of fruits and arable crops, ornamentals, mushrooms and woody crops developed in dedicated breeding programs.


Wageningen University & Research has a long standing tradition in developing new varieties  in fruits, mushrooms,  arable and woody crops and ornamentals. All varieties are either protected by plant breeders’ rights and/or plant patent in the US. Through extensive testing programs and market research, many of our varieties are being used by growers to reach satisfied consumers.

The varieties

Wageningen University & Research scientists have developed the following proprietary varieties:

  • Apple: Bellida, Elise, Elshof, Elstar, Elstar Reinhardt, Fresco, PRI 1990-022-159, PRI 1990-045-133, PRI 1993-018-037, Red Elstar, Santana
  • Pear: Verdi
  • Strawberry: Elsanta, Lambada, Polka, Rapella
  • Quinoa: Atlas, Carmen, Pasto, Riobamba
  • Crambe: Galactica, Nebula
  • Cannabis: Chamaeleon
  • Iris: Casablanca, Deep River
  • Lily: White American
  • Calendula: Carola
  • Oyster mushroom: Allerpo, Broncoh, Spoppo
  • Perennials: Agastache ‘Heatwave’, Aster ageratoides ‘Starshine’, Crataegus succulenta ‘Jubilee’, Hypericum x inodorum ‘Arcadia’, Lonicera ‘Honey Baby’, Pieris japonica ‘Passion’, Rhododendron ‘Centennial Gold’, Rhododendron ‘Millennium Gold’, Skimmia japonica ‘Temptation’


The Wageningen University & Research breeding programs release since years outstanding varieties with good taste and shell-life, resistance against diseases and improved cultivation qualities. The varieties are available by licensing. For this we also collaborate with the company Fresh Forward, a spin-off of Wageningen University & Research that manages our licenses in fruits, arable crops and ornamentals, and with AbbottAgra, our partner for breeding and licensing of quinoa varieties.

Our scientists can assist breeders and growers interested in developing new varieties especially for bio-based or industrial applications. Our assistance may vary from technical assistance by performing special techniques, hiring greenhouse space, and performing commissioned, dedicated breeding programs.   


  • Long standing breeding tradition and expertise
  • Unique varieties with outstanding characteristics
  • Embedment in excellent research environment

Stage of development

Introduction/implementation of variety. Ready for production and validated.