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Australia: Space tomatoes seized in Sydney

Tomato seeds that were carried into space aboard a space shuttle and experimented on by astronauts in the 1980s only made it past Sydney's Biosecurity officers after a blast of gamma rays.The Tomato Rutgers California Supreme seeds were launched into space in April 1984 aboard NASA's Long Duration Exposure.....

Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

On July 1, 2017, Syngenta celebrated 150 years in vegetable seeds.Sluis and Groot, a legacy company of Syngenta, was founded in 1867 in the Netherlands as exporters of cabbage seeds. Today, Syngenta has 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties.“We are very proud of our long heritage in vegetable seeds,” said.....

September 6-8, Hong Kong

Rijk Zwaan presents retail opportunities at Asia Fruit Logistica

From 6-8 September 2017, Rijk Zwaan will once again be exhibiting at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. At its stand, the breeding company plans to show visitors how expanding and broadening the fresh produce range in store can help to stimulate overall consumption.Rijk Zwaan regards Asia Fruit Logistica as.....

East-West Seed takes root in Cambodia

East-West Seed held its grand launch in Cambodia on August 17, gathering more than 100 guests and stakeholders from government, NGO partners, businesses, key distributors and farmers. His Excellency Ty Sokhun, Secretary of State of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries keynoted the event.L-R: East-West Seed.....

Purdue study tests complexity of important plant hormones

A Purdue University study confirms complex associations among plant hormones and their signaling pathways that are key to controlling plant architecture.Plant architecture is partly controlled through the production and perception of plant hormones. The loss of either the brassinosteroid or gibberellin plant.....

Enza Zaden opens South African office

Enza Zaden South Africa Commercial (Pty) Ltd officially started its operations on 1st August 2017. The company is located at Route 21 Corporate Park, in Centurion. “We are ready to service our customers,” says Matome Ramokgopa, General Manager of Enza Zaden South Africa Commercial. “We have a solid team with.....

Sri Lanka to boost domestic seed production

Sri Lanka wants to boosts its domestic hybrid vegetable seed production. Therefore it was announced that the Mahailluppallama Seed Farm will no longer be subject to a sale. According to an article on ColomboPage.com, the farm has not been given to any foreign company and there are no plans to transfer 300.....

Michaël Wilde, Eosta

“Organic is booming thanks to the rise of the conscious consumer”

‘Where ecology meets economy’ is the motto at Eosta. The company, which is specialised in greenhouse crops and tropical fruit, is seeing a rise in demand everywhere. “A growing number of consumers are making a conscious decision to buy organic,” says Michaël Wilde, Sustainability & Communications Manager.....

NL: New demo greenhouse for Westland Seeds

More space, a more modern greenhouse, better accessibility, cultivation on tables and the possibilities to monitor everything that is going on in the greenhouse. At Westland Seeds, they are very pleased with their new demo greenhouse.The new demo greenhouseNew greenhouse"We are, of course, a young company.....

House Agriculture Committee highlights specialty crop production

“Support for specialty crop producers is an essential part of the farm bill”

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to highlight the importance of technology and innovation in specialty crop production as a continuation of the committee’s hearing series preparing for the next farm bill. Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and members of the committee heard from stakeholders.....

India promotes hybrid vegetables to boost production

To help farmers in the prevailing drought situation in the state, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced a scheme offering subsidized hybrid vegetable seeds to enhance production. The programme, under the National Horticulture Mission, is aimed at expanding the coverage to 11,250 acres in 22.....

Red Rhapsody

Australian breeders develop easier to grow strawberry

Strawberry lovers will have a new Queensland-bred favourite to sink their teeth into this season.Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said the Red Rhapsody strawberry had been developed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to be deep red, easier to grow, more resistant to disease and easier and cheaper.....

Vineland celebrates 10th anniversary

It’s been 10 years since a new horticultural research facility in Niagara Region was launched as the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland).Since then, Vineland has been turning heads across Canada and internationally with its needs-based innovations. The organization reflects the entire.....

East-West Seed Philippines appoints new GM

Tropical vegetable seed company, East-West Seed, named Henk Hermans as new General Manager in the Philippines, effective 11 July 2017. Former General Manager of East-West Seed Philippines, Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc, has taken on a new role, representing EWS globally as Lead Public Affairs for the East-West Seed.....