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Ukraine: Tomato Field Day in Kamenka

The local Sakata team, together with Ukrainian distributor Sakura, held a tomato field day focusing on their new and existing range of red, pink and speciality tomatoes for the region.More than 120 growers and retailers participated in this event in Kamenka, the main greenhouse tomato production area in.....

International group learns about phenotyping at Wageningen

The Summer School on image analysis for plant phenotyping was recently held at the Wageningen University & Research Campus.This year’s edition, just like last year's, was fully booked. Participants from all over the world travelled to Wageningen to learn more about phenotyping: thirty-eight participants.....

US: Sakata pledges support of the Seed Your Future movement

Sakata Seed America has pledged a contribution of $50,000 over the next two years to the 'Seed Your Future' organization through the company’s Corporate Giving program. Sakata joins a coalition of more than 150 partners to support the Seed Your Future non-profit, including horticulture companies, gardening.....

Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety

Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties.....

Regulatory status of non-GMO plant innovations under current EU law

A new article on the latest plant breeding methods has been published in the latest issue of Bio-Science Law Review.The existing EU regulatory framework, when considered holistically, provides efficient guarantees that every stage of the agri-food supply chain, from lab to fork, is subject to constraints and.....

Australia: Pepper growers take disease management masterclass

Seminis pepper breeder Brian Just has spent time with growers talking through effective disease management techniques as he officially wrapped up his 2018 Australian tour on 29 June 2018. During his visit, Brian had been touring QLD assessing various pepper trials in the Bundaberg and Bowen area. Thursday,.....

CPVO sees technical challenges to EU PVP system

"In 2017 the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) received 3,422 applications which is the second highest number of applications received in 1 year, an increase of 3.7 % compared to 2016. It can be noted that in absolute figures the number of applications for fruits and ornamentals increased while the.....

Gautier Tomato Discovery Days

France: Five tomato innovations to watch

The tomato sector met for the Tomato Discovery Days, organized Tuesday, 26th of June, at the Gautier headquarters in Eyragues.The afternoon began with a presentation and tasting session of the breeder's latest varietal innovations for the 2018/2019 campaign. Five varieties have particularly drawn.....

Two new races of Bremia lactucae identified and nominated in Europe

The International Bremia Evaluation Board Europe (IBEB-EU) has evaluated hundreds of Bremia isolates found in European lettuce in 2016 and 2017. The majority of isolates belonged to local races. Only two races were able to spread over large distances to different lettuce production areas. Two representative.....

Gene editing approach aims for broad disease resistance in food crops

A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a “knock-in” gene.....

Chinese scientists spot selfish genetic element in plants

After being found in mice and nematodes, the selfish genetic element is once again discovered in rice by Chinese scientists. This is the first time that the selfish genetic element is found in plants, challenging the renowned Mendel's Law of segregation. The article introducing such new findings has been.....

EC ruling may offer opportunities for situation-specific safety analyses

A ruling on the interpretation of EU law concerning the genetic modification of plants is expected from the European Court of Justice at the end of July. The Opinion of Advocate General Bobek, often a good indication of the final ruling, implies that European countries may be given the opportunity to adopt.....

Italy: New tomato varieties for an increasingly demanding market

During the Open Week held in Verona, Isi Semented displayed its Rosamunda variety as well as new genetic material.Click here for the photo gallery!"New products include two beefsteak varieties. ISI 62347 is large, with fruits weighing 260-280 grams. The flavour is nice with a thin peel and low acidity......

US: $50,000 grant for novel gene editing approach

TechAccel, the Kansas City–based technology and venture development company, announced its selection of a grant recipient under the Venture Catalyst Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) Grant program at The University of California, Davis.Anne Britt, Ph.D., a professor in the UC Davis Plant.....