Finding solutions to Virus Yellows

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Find out more about NFU Sugar's strategy summary to deal with the threat of virus yellows.

Together, the beet sugar industry has a long term ambition to find a solution to the challenge of virus yellows (VY) without the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments. This is a complex issue to solve and will take time.

Working together

We are actively working on a Virus Yellows strategy together with British Sugar and the BBRO.

Creating fully resistant varieties

With experts, our intention as an industry is to find solutions in areas such as new VY tolerant seed varieties, new seed treatments to establish the crop more quickly, sustainable spray programmes, improved grower practices and ultimately creating fully resistant varieties using modern breeding techniques such as gene editing.

Virus Yellows Pathway

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