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World-leading melon, cucumber and squash seeds

Syngenta's high-quality watermelon, cucumber, melon and squash seeds deliver long shelf lives with industry-leading disease resistance. However, the benefits don’t stop with the grower. We offer an extensive range of varieties with appearance and taste combination to suit any pallet.

Our strength lies in the agility of our breeding capabilities with researchers who can quickly pivot to address market demands. When the changing climate hands you a new challenge, or when the market follows a new trend, we react swiftly and surely, innovating with new varieties showcasing popular characteristics.

Today, we are leaders in melons and cucumbers and the world leader in squashes and watermelons.

We’re excited to partner with you to bring you a strong library of genetic material, expertise in genomic selection, and a commitment to evolving to help you satisfy market trends.

Breeding for success

When it comes to choosing the right watermelon, cucumber, squash or melon seeds, it's important to consider environmental conditions and local market dynamics. Syngenta has a variety of options to provide disease resistance, reliability and taste.

We work with growers to gain in-depth insight to common and emerging issues so together we can prepare future-proof responses to challenges.

When it comes to choosing the right watermelon, cucumber, squash or melon seeds, it's important to consider environmental conditions and local market dynamics. Syngenta has a variety of options to provide disease resistance, reliability and taste.

We work with growers to gain in-depth insight to common and emerging issues so together we can prepare future-proof responses to challenges.

The New Delhi Virus, also known as ‘Tomato Leaf Curl’ or ‘TolCNDV’, is one example. It was first discovered on tomatoes in India, and rapidly spread to other crops, including squashes, melons, cucumbers and watermelons, and across European and Mediterranean regions. It is expected to continue spreading.

New squash varieties will confer TolCNDV resistance  – in addition to potyvirus resistance. It was no easy task to create varieties with these defensive traits.

The New Delhi Virus, also known as ‘Tomato Leaf Curl’ or ‘TolCNDV’, is one example. It was first discovered on tomatoes in India, and rapidly spread to other crops, including squashes, melons, cucumbers and watermelons, and across European and Mediterranean regions. It is expected to continue spreading.

New squash varieties will confer TolCNDV resistance  – in addition to potyvirus resistance. It was no easy task to create varieties with these defensive traits.

It took researchers around the globe working tirelessly to develop, test and screen products to find what works. This dedication is ongoing for not only TolCNDV and potyvirus, but other emerging threats not yet on the horizon

Bringing you better crops, faster, through genomic selection

We’re continually developing new varieties that deliver the same trusted performance that you expect from Syngenta, but are even more resistant to new pests and diseases. What’s more, we’re rolling out antivirus updates to your favorite varieties, too. 

Disease resistance is just one reason we are the world leader in watermelon and squash. Another key is genomic selection – a process which gives us, and you, an unshakeable competitive edge.

We’re continually developing new varieties that deliver the same trusted performance that you expect from Syngenta, but are even more resistant to new pests and diseases. What’s more, we’re rolling out antivirus updates to your favorite varieties, too. 

Disease resistance is just one reason we are the world leader in watermelon and squash. Another key is genomic selection – a process which gives us, and you, an unshakeable competitive edge.

Genomic selection advances the science of breeding from assumptions to predictions. The process is available to those with a deep understanding of their germplasm pool and can reduce the time it takes to bring a new variety to market from as much as a decade to about seven years.

Being nimble and quickly adapting to emerging needs means we can help you meet the needs of the market today and be ready to satisfy the trends of the future – all faster than ever before.

Genomic selection advances the science of breeding from assumptions to predictions. The process is available to those with a deep understanding of their germplasm pool and can reduce the time it takes to bring a new variety to market from as much as a decade to about seven years.

Being nimble and quickly adapting to emerging needs means we can help you meet the needs of the market today and be ready to satisfy the trends of the future – all faster than ever before.

"We use genomic selection because it helps us get varieties to growers faster, with the traits they value most. This method of predictive breeding uses whole-genome molecular markers to increase accuracy in addition to mathematical modelling. This gives us a reliable indication of the result of breeding, which means we can select superior genotypes faster."

Jesus Abad, global Head cucurbits germplasm development

Practical solutions to everyday challenges

We go beyond improving the taste, yield potential, and disease resistance of our watermelons, cucumbers, melons and squashes to solve the challenges that you face every season. For example, we’ve bred out the spine from our popular Spineless Perfection squash so it can’t damage the fruit during transportation. That means more marketable squashes (and improved profit potential) for you, and less food waste for the environment.

Practical solutions to everyday challenges

We go beyond improving the taste, yield potential, and disease resistance of our watermelons, cucumbers, melons and squashes to solve the challenges that you face every season. For example, we’ve bred out the spine from our popular Spineless Perfection squash so it can’t damage the fruit during transportation. That means more marketable squashes (and improved profit potential) for you, and less food waste for the environment.

Cultivars that reduce the cost of labor

Labor can account for as much as 60% of production costs. So, we’re working hard to reduce that burden with varieties such as Zefiros. 

Thanks to its straight and open shape, Zefiros can be harvested up to 30% faster than other courgettes – an improvement that can make a difference to your bottom line. Research in France, Spain, Italy and Germany has already demonstrated growers who use our squash cultivars can increase their profits by as much as 25% per crop.

 

Cultivars that reduce the cost of labor

Labor can account for as much as 60% of production costs. So, we’re working hard to reduce that burden with varieties such as Zefiros. 

Thanks to its straight and open shape, Zefiros can be harvested up to 30% faster than other courgettes – an improvement that can make a difference to your bottom line. Research in France, Spain, Italy and Germany has already demonstrated growers who use our squash cultivars can increase their profits by as much as 25% per crop.

 

Removing uncertainty. Delivering the future.

Watermelon seeds are notoriously fickle germinators. With the Full Count® program we’re taking out much of the uncertainty. Simply order the exact number of watermelon plants you need for the season and have them delivered to your door.

Today, we have already delivered more than one billion watermelon plants to growers. 

Removing uncertainty. Delivering the future.

Watermelon seeds are notoriously fickle germinators. With the Full Count® program we’re taking out much of the uncertainty. Simply order the exact number of watermelon plants you need for the season and have them delivered to your door.

Today, we have already delivered more than one billion watermelon plants to growers. 

Diversity and choice: your competitive advantage

No one understands your customers like you do. That’s why we are listening to you to find out what customers want and continually extending our range of products to give you more choice.

Watermelons for example, have hundreds of varieties to satisfy the preferred size, shape and color for customers and their consumers.

No one understands your customers like you do. That’s why we are listening to you to find out what customers want and continually extending our range of products to give you more choice.

Watermelons for example, have hundreds of varieties to satisfy the preferred size, shape and color for customers and their consumers.

Size

Consumer needs for watermelon vary enormously. Sometimes the summer picnic calls for a 12kg fruit to feed the whole family; other times a compact 3kg watermelon is much better for a smaller family.

We’ll provide you with options so your customer can pick the perfect melon for any occasion.

Size

Consumer needs for watermelon vary enormously. Sometimes the summer picnic calls for a 12kg fruit to feed the whole family; other times a compact 3kg watermelon is much better for a smaller family.

We’ll provide you with options so your customer can pick the perfect melon for any occasion.

Shape

Harvest efficiency is critical. The uniform shape of our watermelons makes them easier to pack with less wasted space, particularly those with an oblong shape such as Jamboree and Sugar Queen.

Not only are they easier to pack and preserve, but they’re more secure during transport and therefore the cost per fruit is lower. 

Shape

Harvest efficiency is critical. The uniform shape of our watermelons makes them easier to pack with less wasted space, particularly those with an oblong shape such as Jamboree and Sugar Queen.

Not only are they easier to pack and preserve, but they’re more secure during transport and therefore the cost per fruit is lower. 

Color

Color plays a commanding role in consumer preferences. Options matter.

From deep yellow watermelon varieties such as Amarillo, to the unique orange flesh of Charentais, to the vivid red of Augusta, with rinds from light green to almost black, you’ll satisfy customers from California to Brazil, India to Japan and everywhere in between.

Color

Color plays a commanding role in consumer preferences. Options matter.

From deep yellow watermelon varieties such as Amarillo, to the unique orange flesh of Charentais, to the vivid red of Augusta, with rinds from light green to almost black, you’ll satisfy customers from California to Brazil, India to Japan and everywhere in between.

Supporting your sustainability goals

Everyone wins when produce has a long shelf life. There’s less retail churn, retailers diminish food waste, and consumers have more flexibility to eat what they want, when they want. That’s why we’ve been developing new, long shelf-life varieties of melon, cucumbers, squashes for more than 15 years, steadily pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. 

This can be seen through our patent-pending IDEALMelon, that has a rind color-turning trait that signals the ideal time for harvest. 

Everyone wins when produce has a long shelf life. There’s less retail churn, retailers diminish food waste, and consumers have more flexibility to eat what they want, when they want. That’s why we’ve been developing new, long shelf-life varieties of melon, cucumbers, squashes for more than 15 years, steadily pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. 

This can be seen through our patent-pending IDEALMelon, that has a rind color-turning trait that signals the ideal time for harvest. 

This means you can pick them at the right time for the longest shelf life. This, plus the development of smaller, fridge-friendly varieties makes it easier for you to meet your sustainability goals without sacrificing consumer appeal.

Easier to transport

After putting the work into growing a crop, there’s nothing as disheartening as losing produce in transit. That’s why we treat the question of transportability as seriously as we do size, shape and colour. 

The rinds of our watermelons are strong enough to cope even with extended journeys over bumpy roads, ensuring your harvest arrives in peak condition, without compromising on taste or appearance. 

Easier to transport

After putting the work into growing a crop, there’s nothing as disheartening as losing produce in transit. That’s why we treat the question of transportability as seriously as we do size, shape and colour. 

The rinds of our watermelons are strong enough to cope even with extended journeys over bumpy roads, ensuring your harvest arrives in peak condition, without compromising on taste or appearance. 

Reducing plastic

Syngenta is helping growers like you to move away from single-use plastics by developing strong, disease-resistant cucumbers with a long shelf life, such as Randal and Esben that don’t need plastic wraps.

Popular in Spain and the Netherlands, the post-harvest quality of our cucumber portfolio is driving an end to shrink-wrapped cucumbers. It’s another example of how we’re doing whatever it takes to help the market meet its sustainability goals.

Reducing plastic

Syngenta is helping growers like you to move away from single-use plastics by developing strong, disease-resistant cucumbers with a long shelf life, such as Randal and Esben that don’t need plastic wraps.

Popular in Spain and the Netherlands, the post-harvest quality of our cucumber portfolio is driving an end to shrink-wrapped cucumbers. It’s another example of how we’re doing whatever it takes to help the market meet its sustainability goals.

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