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

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Maintenance requirements: pre-basic material and pre-basic mother plants

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8.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), a supplier must—

(a)maintain pre-basic mother plants and pre-basic material in facilities designated for the genera or species concerned, which are insect proof and ensure freedom from infection through aerial vectors and any other possible sources throughout the production process; and

(b)grow or produce pre-basic mother plants and pre-basic material isolated from the soil, in pots of soil-free or of sterilised growing media identified by labels to ensure their traceability;

(c)ensure that pre-basic mother plants and pre-basic material are individually identified throughout the production process;

(d)keep candidate pre-basic mother plants under insect proof conditions, and physically isolated from pre-basic mother plants in the facilities referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a), until all tests concerning compliance with paragraph 9 have been concluded.

(2) Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply where the Department authorises the production of pre-basic mother plants (including candidate pre-basic mother plants) and pre-basic material in a field under non-insect proof conditions, which the Department may do if satisfied—

(a)the European Commission has authorised the United Kingdom to do so under Article 8(4) of Directive 2014/98/EU;

(b)the plants and material are identified by labels that ensure traceability; and

(c)appropriate measures are taken to prevent infection of the plants and material by aerial vectors, root contact, cross infection by machinery, grafting tools or any other possible source.

(3) Pre-basic mother plants and pre-basic material may be maintained by cryopreservation.

(4) Pre-basic mother plants may only be used for a period calculated on the basis of the stability of the variety or the environmental conditions under which they are grown and any other determinants having an impact on the stability of the variety.

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