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The Marketing of Fruit Plant and Propagating Material Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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4.—(1) A rootstock not belonging to a variety may be certified as pre-basic material if it meets the requirements in sub-paragraph (2).

(2) The requirements are that the rootstock—

(a)is directly propagated from a mother plant that has been—

(i)accepted in accordance with paragraph 6; or

(ii)obtained by multiplication or by micropropagation in accordance with paragraph 13;

(b)is directly propagated from the mother plant by vegetative or sexual propagation, and in the case of sexual propagation, pollinating trees (pollenisers) are directly produced by vegetative propagation from the mother plant;

(c)has been verified by an inspector as being true to the description of its species;

(d)has been maintained in accordance with paragraph 8;

(e)complies with the health requirements in paragraph 10;

(f)where authorised under paragraph 7(2) to be grown in the field under non-insect proof conditions, has been grown in soil that is found, by sampling and testing, to comply with paragraph 11; and

(g)complies with the requirements concerning defects in paragraph 12.

(3) Where a rootstock, which is a pre-basic mother plant or pre-basic material, no longer fulfils the requirements in sub-paragraphs (2)(d) to (g) or paragraph 8, the supplier must—

(a)remove the rootstock from the vicinity of other pre-basic mother plants and pre-basic material; or

(b)take appropriate measures to ensure that the rootstock complies with those requirements again.

(4) A supplier may use any rootstock removed in accordance with sub-paragraph (3)(a) as basic material, certified material or CAC material provided the rootstock fulfils the requirements set out in these Regulations for the respective categories.

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