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Forget the IoT, plants use the Internet of Fungus!

Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It’s made of fungi.It's an information superhighway that speeds up interactions between a large, diverse population of individuals. It allows individuals who may be widely separated to communicate.....

Hazera shows off pink tomato in China

An open day was held on January 11th for Hazera’s new, TY-resistant pink tomato variety Fendi, in Zhuanghe, Liaoning province. More than 400 growers from the region attended the open day and visited the demonstration greenhouses."We were thrilled by the excellent performances of the variety: high yield, good.....

Research: Pest increases resistance to Bt crops

UMD-led study provides new evidence of a decline in the effectiveness of genetically engineered traits widely used to protect corn crops from insects. This loss of effectiveness could damage U.S. corn production and spur increased use of potentially harmful insecticides.Based on two decades of field.....

The full breadth of Mendel’s genetics

Gregor Mendel’s fame is based on his experiments in pea plants (Pisum), published 150 years ago. Curiously, Mendel’s later studies on Hieracium (hawkweed) are usually seen as a frustrating failure, because it is assumed that they were intended to confirm the segregation ratios he found in Pisum, while it is.....

Monsanto chooses NRGene tech to accelerate breeding

Monsanto and NRGene announced that the companies have reached a non-exclusive, multi-year global licensing agreement on NRGene’s genome-analysis technology to enhance Monsanto’s ability to predict, compare and select the best genetic makeup from its vast data sets of genetic, genomic and trait.....

Bayer says had productive meeting with Trump over Monsanto deal

Top executives of Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. met with President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday in New York to pitch the benefits of their planned deal. Bayer Chief Executive Werner Baumann and Monsanto CEO and Chairman Hugh Grant outlined at the meeting Bayer's planned $57 billion purchase of Monsanto, agreed.....

University of California organizes seed production course

This 3 day course is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of the underlying biology of seed production and the key roles of bees and other insect pollinators, how to manage seed crops from agronomic, quality control, and genetic integrity standpoints, and how to meet new challenges through seed.....

Hazera to further extend cucumber breeding activities

Vegetable seed company Hazera has a long heritage in breeding cucumber. Hazera stood at the cradle of game-changing improvements in cucumber genetics, especially in mini cucumber. While it is continuing these improvements, the company is now also embracing other types, conquering new markets and exploring.....

Wild bees could increase Quebec blueberry production

Quebec's Côte-Nord region has huge potential according to researchers and they look to expand on the 2.5 million kilograms of blueberries produced there every year but in order to do so require more bees for pollination.The bees currently relied on to pollinate the region's blueberry crops wake up too.....

'Gene-silencing’ technique is a game-changer for crop protection'

Non-toxic, degradable spray can disable plant's 'bad genes'

Researchers at the University of Surrey and University of Queensland have developed a revolutionary new crop protection technique which offers an environmentally-friendly alternative to genetically-modified crops and chemical pesticides.The breakthrough research, published in Nature Plants, could have huge.....

Seed breeder Bakker Brothers:

"Specialties? We prefer going for volume"

A new color pepper, a distinctive eggplant variety, a snack tomato with a slightly higher brix or a cucumber with a bit more shine. That’s not what Dutch breeder Bakker Brothers are about. "We prefer going for volume,resistancesand things like durability. Polytunnels and non heated greenhouses require.....

Tanzania: Introduction and evaluation of tomato germplasm

Tomato is an important cash crop in many developing countries. However, smallholder farmers often lack access to improved cultivars and breeding programs to develop locally adapted cultivars are limited. Participatory crop improvement (PCI) approaches can be used to increase farmer access to improved.....

Monsanto signs genome-editing licensing agreement with Broad Institute

Monsanto Company has reached a new global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of the novel CRISPR-Cpf1 genome-editing technology in agriculture. The CRISPR-Cpf1 system has potential to be a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted improvements in a cell's DNA.....

Effects of grafting on nutritional quality of field tomatoes

In a new study, the effects of grafting with interspecific hybrid rootstocks on field-grown tomato fruit quality were evaluated over a 2-year period. Fruit quality attributes from determinate ‘Florida 47’ tomato plants grafted onto either ‘Beaufort’ or ‘Multifort’ rootstocks were compared with those from.....

Market worth 14.00 billion usd by 2022:

Growing world population driving global seed market

The fruit & vegetable seeds market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.10% to reach USD 14.00 billion by 2022. Factors such as demand for nutritional food, innovative production practices, new product offerings, and the advent of the modernization of agriculture are increasing the market for the seed.....

Kyle Smith in the Arizona Daily Star:

Monsanto: "7 acre Tucson greenhouse will help advance agriculture"

Farmers know the importance of the world’s natural resources. About 0.5 percent of the world’s water is available as freshwater. Of that, about 70 percent is used by agriculture. At the same time, farmers are using less land, while looking for ways to enrich the soil to produce better harvests. "Monsanto.....

Yuksel Seed demonstrates Mexican breeding program at Expo Agroalimentaria:

All eyes on Mexico

The prospering Mexicangreenhouse vegetable industry will soon have access to a whole new range of varieties from seed breeder Yuksel. The company that originates from Turkey and operates in emerging markets around the world, recently opened a new division that will focus on establishing in one of the.....

Nigeria poised to become GMO superpower

The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), declared this week that genetically-modified foods are safe for consumption. The academy noted that the technology, although it does concern some, would be useful to the country because of its potential to boost the nation’s agriculture, which could help address food.....

Crop yield gets boost with modified genes in photosynthesis

Plant biologists have bumped up crop productivity by increasing the expression of genes that result in more efficient use of light in photosynthesis, a finding that could be used to help address the world’s future food needs.Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.....

EU delays ChemChina/Syngenta merger decision to March 29

According to Reuters, the European Commission has pushed back its deadline for a decision on ChemChina's plan to acquire Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta (SYNN.S) by 10 working days to March 29.The Commission, which handles competition cases for the European Union, said on Thursday it had extended.....