Sunflower / Tournesol
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Table 1

Criteria available to growers in France to choose a sunflower variety. These criteria are presently included in the MyVar web tool ( developed by Terres Inovia (adapted from Casadebaig et al., 2016).

Criteria Entry Levels Details
General information Breeding company
Year of release 3 <2005, 2005–2010, >2010
EU country of registration 2 France, abroad
Plant phenology Anthesis earliness 5 Very early to late
Maturity earliness 5 Very early to late
Plant morphology Plant height 3 Short, medium, tall
Disease tolerance Phomopsis stem canker 5  
Sclerotinia head rot 4  
Sclerotinia basal stalk rot 3  
Verticillium wilt 4  
Downy mildew resistance Resistance profile 3 RM9, RM8, other RMs
Herbicide tolerance Technology used 3 None, Clearfield®, Express Sun®
Seed characteristics Thousand kernel weight 3 Low, medium, high
Oil characteristics Oil concentration 4 Low, medium, high, very high
Oil quality 2 High oleic, linoleic (mid-oleic)
Yield performance Performance level 5 Scale depending on multi-location field trial

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