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Pick of the bunch: first crop of climate change resilient blackcurrants

Pick of the bunch: first crop of climate change resilient blackcurrants

Hutton research developed climate-resilient blackcurrant varieties (c) LRS
“We are delighted to see the first commercial crop of Ben Lawers this year. Hopefully this cultivar will pioneer innovation in climate resilient crop category, deliver exceptional quality and make the way for further climate-resilient cultivars that are currently on trials at the Institute”
Hutton research developed climate-resilient blackcurrant varieties (c) LRS

This week, UK blackcurrant farmers are harvesting a groundbreaking new crop of berries that have been bred to cope with Britain’s changing climate. Named ‘Ben Lawers’, the new variety is the fruit of a longstanding partnership between Lucozade Ribena Suntory, which uses 90 per cent of Britain’s blackcurrants to make Ribena, and the world-leading research centre the James Hutton Institute.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, James Hutton Institute, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute