ANGERS, France: In the first 8 months of 2016, the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) in Angers, France received a total of 2,111 applications, which represents an increase of 5.2 % compared to the same period last year.
A similar high number of applications only arrived in the record year of 2014, when 2,119 were submitted. The tendency is however not the same for all crop sectors. The greatest number of applications was still filed in the ornamental sector; however, 850 applications meant that they slightly shrinking (–4; –0.5 %). The second biggest crop sector is the agricultural sector, with 668 applications (+26; +4.1%). An important increase in application numbers was observed for vegetable crops with a total of 486 applications (+ 116; + 31.4 %). Finally, in the fruit sector, 107 applications were submitted (–34; –24.1%).