Why Solynta chose the EMM-2001 to extract hybrid true potato seed

Type: Standard machines
Productgroup: Extraction

In March of 2020 Solynta, a hybrid potato breeding company based in Wageningen, the Netherlands, ordered the EMM-2001, a True Potato Seed Extraction Machine from Seed Processing Holland. After a few additional joint tests and last-minute modifications at our factory, we sent the machine to Solynta in June 2020. Since then, the machine has been in operation and has processed millions of Hybrid True Potato Seeds.

Hybrid True Potato seed

Hybrid True Potato Seeds are the result of hand pollination between stable female and stable male inbred lines. The Seeds are harvested from potato berries produced on the plant. The seeds are called ‘Hybrid True Potato Seeds’ (HTPS) to differentiate them from ‘seed potatoes’ which are genetically identical clones of a tuber.

Hybrid True Potato Seed is seen as an effective alternative for potato seed tubers. In developing countries, the small, light and disease-free seeds can replace bulky, perishable and sometimes diseased seed tubers. When conditioned properly, the shelf life of HTPS is much longer than traditional seed potatoes. The small size of the seed means it only takes 25 grams of Hybrid True Potato Seed to plant one hectare instead of using 2,500 kilos of potato seed tubers!

Design and testing

The True Potato Seed Extraction machine is based on the Tomato Seed Extraction machine of Seed Processing Holland. That machine was developed in corporation with tomato seed production sites to create a compact, easy to use and easy to clean extraction machine. True Potato seed is 10 times smaller in volume than tomato seed. We were required to take this reduction in volume into account in the final design of the EMM-2001. Together, Seed Processing Holland and Solynta carried out two tests with potato berries. After the tests at our factory, Solynta suggested some modifications which increased the machines efficiency even further.

We hope we have piqued your interest and curiosity for this machine and solutions it provides. If you are interested or have questions do not hesitate to contact us!

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