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USDA announces Plant Variety Protection Board appointments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 14 members to serve two-year terms on the Plant Variety Protection Board. Two alternate members were also appointed.“Innovation in the plant and seed industry has always been vital to agriculture, making it possible for us to meet the needs for.....

Dutch technology to support national food security in Indonesia

Hybrid tropical vegetable seed producer East West Seed Indonesia (Ewindo) held a national EXPO in Purwakarta, West Java on 8 May, attended by Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands embassy Jakarta, Mr. Ferdinand Lahnstein and approximately 4,150 participants including farmers from all over Indonesia.The.....

Pink tomatoes developed with CRISPR-Cas9

One of the most important traits of tomatoes, commercially speaking, is their colour. Consumers have different colour preferences depending on the region where they are located. For example, European and US consumers prefer red tomatoes, while pink tomatoes are more popular in Asian countries, particularly.....

June 13, Wageningen

Wageningen University celebrates centennial with Plant Breeding Day

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary, Wageningen University & Research and KeyGene organize a Plant Breeding Day: successes of the past, food for the future. Subsequently, there will be a Career Event where plant breeding companies and Wageningen students can meet.When & whereWed 13 June 2018.....

US: GMO labeling proposed rule open for public comment

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law charges AMS with developing a national mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material. USDA has established a working group to develop a timeline for rulemaking and to ensure an open and transparent process for effectively establishing.....

Vegetable breeder reports good season for new kale varieties

Tozer Seeds America is developing and breeding new kale and is currently in the midst of their planting season for their traditional kale varieties. The Lacinato kale types, Black Magic and the new Mamba F1, in particular, are expected to show strong growth this harvesting season, according to the.....

US: Toolkit helps growers understand the economics of seed

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) announced a new online toolkit to help farmers scale up organic seed production, increase their profits, and build the supply of organic seed nationally. Seed producers will find tools and case studies related to contracting, enterprise budgeting, inventory management, and.....

USDA invests in research on implications of gene editing technologies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced awards to advance research on public engagement and the implications of gene drive and other gene editing technologies. The funding is made possible through the Social Implications of Emerging.....

Wild tomato resistant to a wide range of pests and insects

Scientists at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands) have discovered a species of wild tomato from the Galapagos Islands that is resistant to a wide range of insect pests. The wild tomato is genetically closely related to the cultivated tomato, which makes it easy to cross-breed it at the.....

Science and grower team develop downy mildew resistant basil

As basil demand in the U.S. has continued to grow over the past decade, so has an increasing threat to basil availability – downy mildew. Now, three herb pioneers have teamed up to develop and introduce a downy mildew resistant basil variety to the marketplace.Jim Simon, a distinguished professor of plant.....

Organised by WUR, BU Greenhouse Horticulture on June 6 in Bleiswijk, NL

Seminar: Applications for plant breeding

Plant breeding is the basis for the creation of new plant varieties that are more resilient, with high production and quality, which satisfies the requests of the consumers. In the area of genomic selection and high throughput technology, knowledge and expertise on crop physiology, resilience and phenotyping.....

University of New Hampshire

Plain old cross-breeding can modify plant genetics like crazy

Who needs gene-splicing tech like CRISPR? At the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire, there is a researcher who represents the longest continuous squash and pumpkin breeding program in North America. Emeritus professor of plant genetics Brent Loy’s most recent work has.....

Breeding startup Rootility raises $10 Million

Rootility, a developer of innovative root-focused plant breeding methods that increase crop yields and overall agronomic performance, announced today that it has secured US$10 million in series C financing. The new investment round will enable the company to expand its sales in new territories and further.....

US (CA): 10,000 square-foot lab to test the seeds of the world

Founded by Dr. Parm Randhawa in 1992, California Seed & Plant Labs (CSP Labs) performs seed health testing primarily for the vegetable seed industry. Fifteen years ago, CSP Labs expanded its list of capabilities to incorporate a wider range of services, including seed germination, seed purity, disease.....