Enza Zaden also runs a breeding program in Myakka City, Fla., for tomatoes and peppers. It’s Mexico breeding efforts cover those plus cucumbers – and soon, perhaps other commodities.
“We noticed there’s an interest, especially in central Mexico, for onions, squash and iceberg lettuce,” said Ronald Welten, breeding station manager for Enza Zaden. “So we’re going to start up more activities in central Mexico soon.”
In best-case scenarios, Enza Zaden’s breeders said, development of commercial varieties takes five or six years for lettuce; seven years for peppers; and 12 years for onions.
Enza Zaden Research USA also plans to open a new LEED-certified office and laboratory building around Nov. 1 in San Juan Bautista.