Sep 2015

Is that a PBR-Protected Variety? New Online Tool Helps You Find Out


The Canadian Seed Trade Association has launched a new database help easily identify PBR protection on crop varieties registered for sale in Canada.

The Crop Varieties Registered in Canada and Plant Breeders’ Rights Status database was created by the CSTA with the assistance of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Variety Registration Office and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Office.

Users can search specifically by crop kind, variety name, and by the type of PBR protection, or they can view the full database. The type of PBR protection is indicated by two certification marks: UPOV 1978 or UPOV 1991.

“The Canadian Seed Trade Association created this landmark database to make sure timely and important information that can impact seed operations is readily available,” says Scott Horner, CSTA President. “We encourage members and stakeholders to check the database frequently.”

To review rules and obligations relevant to lant Breeders’ Rights legislation, anyone buying or selling seed is asked to visit


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