The "Descriptive Variety List" reflects the knowledge about the cultural value of crop varieties for nutrition and technical uses in a condensed and comprehensive form. The agronomic attributes, diseases resistances and yield and quality features of varieties of the most important domestic, agriculturally cultivated varieties are described using their cultural value under varying Austrian environmental conditions for the use of the harvested crop for food and feedstuffs and technical applications. The availability of objective data on these varieties also contributes to variety-based biodiversity as part of an optimised, locally adapted selection by farmers. This differentiated evaluation in the varying regional environments found in the Descriptive Variety List, provides farmers in Austria’s varying climatic regions with a tool for optimal variety selection. The high acceptance and, thus, effect of the “Descriptive Variety List”, is expressed by exceptional access numbers on the BAES homepage.
This range of information provided by the BSL on new, but also proven varieties, is brought to farmers by AGES via specialised media, farming companions in cooperation with the Chambers of Agriculture of the provinces (Landwirtschaftskammern) and via the internet. Furthermore, the quality, tolerance and horticultural attributes of varieties in different environments is particularly important for sustainable and environmentally friendly plant production, in addition to yield potential. The varieties’ resistances to over nine different plant diseases are evaluated on plants infected both naturally and artificially for winter wheat alone.