Plants

Plant variety catalogues, databases & information systems

Plant variety catalogues, databases & information systems

Agricultural and vegetable species

EU database of registered plant varieties

The common catalogues of varieties of agricultural plant and vegetable species list the varieties which can be marketed in the EU.

Catalogues are based on the registration of plant varieties in EU countries after they have been technically examined there and notified to the Commission. They are published in the Official Journal.

Variety registration is a precondition for the certification of seed.

Criteria

To be listed, varieties must meet standards on:

  • Distinctness
  • Uniformity
  • Stability
  • Value for cultivation and use - for agricultural crops.

This value is based on:

  • Yield
  • Resistance to harmful organisms
  • Response to the environment
  • Quality characteristics

Legislation

 

Forest tree species

FOREMATIS (Forest Reproductive Material Information System)

On the basis of national registers of planted forest tree species called basic material, the Commission draws up an EU list so that the scheme operates smoothly throughout the EU.

The Commission's Forest Reproductive Material Information System (FOREMATIS) provides a search tool for forest breeders, forest nurserymen, experts and the general public, functioning as a repository linked with Member States' data of planted forest tree species.

FOREMATIS provides access to the data of the national registers, containing the details of approved basic material including data on areas or geographic location - essential for determining if a particular material is suitable for a site.

After harvesting, a master certificate is issued with a unique register reference for information and traceability.

Legislation

  • Council Directive 1999/105/EC of 22 December 1999 on the marketing of forest reproductive material
  • Commission Regulation EC 1597/2002 of 6 September 2002 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Directive 1999/105/EC as regards the format of national lists of the basic material of forest reproductive material

 

Fruit genera and species

FRUMATIS (Fruit Reproductive Material Information System)

On the basis of national variety registers of fruit genera and species, the Commission draws up an EU variety register to improve the traceability and promote the dissemination of information on the varieties that can be marketed in the EU.

Legislation