December 16, 2002
the new Harris Moran
green-stemmed straightneck squash that's breaking new ground
with its disease package, is setting new standards in
In recent trials, traditionally-bred Lioness out-performed the
standard varieties in the industry, including a GMO entry.
Pioneering Lioness, formerly HMX 0709, is the first variety of
its kind with resistance to ZYMV, WMV, PRSV, and CMV.
Trials were held at the Edisto Research and Education Center in
South Carolina where Lioness went up against five top varieties.
In 10 pickings from Sept. 16 to Oct. 7, Lioness yielded 104 lbs,
almost 20 lbs. more than the nearest competitor.
At 4840 plants per acre, Lioness could potentially yield nearly
20 percent more than the competitive varieties.
Rod Jorgensen, Harris Moran's product manager for squash, says
that top performance is what happens when Harris Moran breeders
develop varieties for specific disease-plagued growing regions.
"What you're seeing along with the quality of the variety are
the effects of the disease package. In areas of high disease
pressure, Lioness' disease package kicks in to produce -- not
just an adequate crop -- but a crop that out-yields the most
popular varieties on the market today," he said.
"Lioness' combination of disease resistance, fruit quality, and
yield should please growers. And this latest development from
our breeding program illustrates Harris Moran's commitment to
this growing region."
Harris Moran is part of the largest independently owned seed
company in the world. It is owned by Groupe Limagrain, a French
cooperative owned, run, and operated by French farmers. Harris
Moran breeds innovative vegetable varieties designed to boost
yield, reduce chemical inputs, and increase freshness, flavor,
and fruit quality from plow to plate. The Modesto-based company
breeds vegetables for markets in more than 65 countries.