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US(TX): Tomato production in AgriLife Research high tunnels underway

Winds whipped around at almost 25 mph, but the Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology crew didn’t have to battle the blowing dirt as they sunk one tomato seedling after another into the soil inside one of four high tunnels.With planting taking place a full two months earlier than last year’s.....

US: ARS geneticist receives first NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) geneticist Edward Buckler is the first person to receive the National Academy of Science's (NAS) Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. Buckler will be recognized for pioneering the use of large-scale genomic approaches linking genes with the crop’s physical traits. This.....

Spain: Discovery of key gene in the production of seedless tomatoes

A study led by researchers of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) on Hydra tomatoes has identified a key gene in the production of seedless tomato fruits. The results of the research have been published in the journal New Phytologist.Hydra tomatoes are 40% smaller and weigh 80% less than the classic.....

India: NITI Aayog think thank backs local GM crop policy

India could prevent foreign firms monopolising the market for genetically modified (GM) seeds by allowing the sale of only locally developed varieties, a government think-tank has said, in a boost for transgenic mustard produced by a Delhi group.The Policy Commission said in recommendations this week to the.....

"Putting beefsteak tomatoes back on the map"

Flandria is busy putting beefsteak tomatoes back on the map with stricter quality requirements for the Baron segment. The requirements: a deep red colour, good flavour and authentic shape. Grower Johan van Bulck recognises these characteristics in the new Syngenta variety Buvena. “But an easy labour and.....

CIOPORA takes on Toronto during AGM 2017

Yesterday, CIOPORA opened its 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Toronto. This event will gather innovative breeders from the ornamental and fruit industries, as well as intellectual property (IP) experts, for a five-day agenda brimming with discussions and presentations on all aspects of current.....

Kangaroo court?

"Monsanto found guilty in fake trial that distracted from real problems"

The verdict I predicted has landed—agri-giant Monsanto has been found guilty of ecocide, among other charges, after over a year of deliberations in a fake trial. The theatrics began in December of 2015, when a press conference announced the intentions of the “International Monsanto Tribunal” to put the.....

Attack with Molotov cocktails:

Italian Monsanto research center under attack

Last week, in the middle of Easter night in Olmeneta, Italy, an unknown person attacked the Monsanto Research Center with several “bottle bombs” or Molotov cocktails, small improvised explosive devices. The 16 April assault, apparently a protest against research on genetically modified organisms (GMO), did.....

East-West Seed helps Myanmar government improve productivity

A high level political delegation from Myanmar, led by second vice president of Myanmar, H.E. Henry Van Thio visited the Netherlands from 19-23 April. East-West Seed, represented by Ard Groot (vice chairman of the Supervisory Board), took part in a dinner reception for the Myanmar delegation along with other.....

Protecting by Collecting:

Video: CDFA’s collections of pests, weeds, other organisms help protect our food supply

VIDEO This video is part of CDFA’s observance of Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month throughout April. USDA, CDFA and organizations across the agricultural spectrum are reminding the public about the risks that invasive plant pests, diseases and harmful weeds pose to America’s crops and forests—and how.....

Belarus, Serbia to develop cooperation in seed production

The fourth meeting of the Belarusian-Serbian working group on cooperation in the area of agriculture and food took place in Belgrade as part of the tenth meeting of the Belarus-Serbia intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation, BelTA has learned.The parties exchanged information on the.....

US: Monsanto surpasses pollinator habitat goal

Monsanto announced that it has reached key milestones in protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes, two major components of its biodiversity strategy.In fiscal year 2016, Monsanto established 72 habitats at company sites across the U.S. for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. The company.....

India: RR Seeds Agri-Tech to commercialize PAU chilli hybrid

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has entered into an agreement with RR Seeds Agri-Tech (P) Ltd, Harihara, Davanagere (Karnataka) for the commercialisation of chilli hybrid CH 27 (Chilli Parent Lines) in India.Dr Ashok Kumar, Director of Research, PAU, and Dr Devarajaiah, Managing Director, RR Seeds.....

Zimbabwean company to supply seeds to Kenya

Zimbabwean seed company, Klein Karoo says it is spreading to East Africa, with Kenya being the first target to be supplied with seed.In Zimbabwe, the company currently controls about 20 percent of the market, with giants such as Seedco, Pioneer and others controlling the other market share.The company which.....