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George Washington Carver

Meet the man who inspired commercial hybridization

Since youth, George Washington Carver had been fascinated by plant breeding and hybridization. His Iowa State Bachelor’s thesis was entitled “Plants as Modified by Man.” He continued the work throughout his career, inspiring many mature and budding scientists.Among them was Henry A. Wallace, the young son of.....

Copa & Cogeca welcome EU plant patent ruling

Copa & Cogeca welcomed this week EU Ministers' move to act against the use of patents on plants bred via essentially biological processes, saying that they have constantly stressed that patent law is not the right instrument for the EU agriculture sector.The move comes after EU Ministers for Competition.....

EU confirms: no patents on conventional plant breeding

Plant breeders must have free access to biological material in order to be able to breed new crop species. Patent law thus does not apply to conventional plant breeding. This was unanimously confirmed by the European Member States at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels. The Member States indicated that.....

UK scientists remove broccoli's reliance on seasonality

Scientists at the John Innes Centre are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions, which could help with continuity of.....

Enabling high-throughput image-based phenotyping

Nathan Miller, a scientist in the Spalding Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Department of Botany and Center for High Throughput Computing, works closely with CyVerse as he writes computer code to develop software programs that analyze images and videos of plants to determine plant phenotype, the.....

New Bottle Rocket watermelon variety available now

The Seminis Bottle Rocket Watermelon variety is now available for U.S. growers to purchase; previously trialed under precommercial designation SV7112WA. This new product is a 36-count watermelon featuring a dark mottled stripe rind pattern with vigorous plant and good vine coverage. Bottle Rocket has an.....

Reinventing the tomato

In the mid-1990s, the American tomato market experienced a major disruption: consumer demand for Dutch tomatoes skyrocketed. The Netherlands’ colorful and tasty varieties were so popular that Dutch tomato exports to the US rose by a whopping 800%. How did the Dutch take the tomato industry by storm?Drawing.....

Enza Zaden's new eggplant is a rockstar: Bowie

Bowie. That's the name of the new eggplant variety E37H.01734 of Enza Zaden. The name was announced at HortiContact last week and Dutch eggplant grower Zwinkels, who is already growing this variety on 7,5 hectares, attended this moment and received a special 'Bowie' panel."Market conditions are changing.....

"Shortage of plant breeders makes feeding growing world difficult"

Plant breeders are in short supply as the human population heads to an estimated nine billion in 2050 and they face one of the most pressing issues of our time – feeding the world.New Zealand-grown produce feeds over 40 million people, according to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, with more than 95 per cent.....

Italy: Cora Seeds presents Regale F1

At Fruit Logistica 2017,Cora Seeds presented a new midi plum tomato variety. What makes it special is the possibility of cultivating it both in short and long cycles. Plants are very productive with uniform fishbone bunches bearing 6-8 fruits. No pruning needed. It is also rustic and resistant to.....

CAN (ON): Syngenta to close Cottam distribution facility

Syngenta announced that it will close operations at its Cottam, Ontario, distribution facility, not later than May 31, 2017, and intends to sell and divest the site.According to George Sousa, Territory Supply Manager for Syngenta Canada, the company is committed to delivering the highest quality products and.....

New General Manager for East-West Seed Tanzania

Former General Manager of East-West Seed Tanzania, Mathé Bastiaansen recently handed over the reins of East-West Seed Tanzania to Coen Everts who will lead the company to further local growth. Coen Everts will lead East-West Seed in Tanzania, where the market is growing rapidly‘Mathé played a significant.....

Harvard and MIT scientists win patent fight over Crispr

The Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., will retain potentially lucrative rights to a powerful gene-editing technique that could lead to major advances in medicine and agriculture, the federal Patent and Trademark Office ruled on Wednesday.The decision, in a bitterly fought dispute closely watched by.....

Plant breeding is a fine balance, though consumers always want flavor

Demand for imported melons through ports of entry into the United States ranges from light to steady, according to a February 10, 2017 report from the National Watermelon Report, published by the United States Department of Agriculture. Prospected forecast for melon exports in Honduras for 2016-17 harvest.....