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South African Barley
Breeding Institute


About Us

Learn more about the South African
Barley Breeding Insititute


The SABBI program is a smart breeding (selection with markers and advanced reproductive technologies) program that is based on a conventional breeding program that incorporates marker assisted selection and doubled haploid production.


When the program started Clipper was the only variety cultivated, and cultivated very successfully, in the Southern Cape. We have released more than 9 varieties through our breeding program in two growing regions.


Sabbi’s Research and Development mission is to ensure sustainable barley production for the benefit of SAB, SABM and the producer through innovative R&D. Producers will need better quality, higher yielding and more resistant varieties.