Finding solutions to virus yellows

18 February 2022

NFU Sugar
Sugar machinery in a field

Find out more about NFU Sugar's pathway 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 Pathway 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
UK sugar beet industry's Virus Yellows Pathway (Published June 2021). Note that all dates are estimates and subject to change.
Virus yellows pathway

UK sugar beet industry's Virus Yellows Pathway (Published June 2021). Note that all dates are estimates and subject to change.

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