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Korea Seed and Variety Service to hold international symposium

The Korea Seed and Variety Service (director Oh Byeong-seok) announced that the organization will hold an international symposium in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the protection of varieties, for the purpose of assessing the 20-year performance of the new plant variety protection system, as well as.....

"Disease-resistant GMO tomato blocked by public fears"

Some Florida tomato farmers spray copper-based pesticides up to 44 times per year in an effort to fend off bacterial spot, a devastating disease growers have been battling for over 60 years. A genetically engineered tomato resistant to the disease could cut that number to zero, while also doubling.....

UK: New raspberry varieties Malling Bella and Malling Charm launched

Consistent flavour, good fruit quality and long shelf life are set to make two new raspberry varieties, Malling Bella and Malling Charm, strong favourites with consumers and retailers in the future, says breeder NIAB EMR.They are the first two raspberry varieties from the East Malling Rubus Breeding.....

Study shows way to create common ground about gene-editing

In an increasingly crowded and hungry world, a range of new food production technologies are emerging in an effort to keep up. New gene editing approaches now let scientists hack into genomes to alter foods’ characteristics – increasing yields, lengthening shelf-life, or improving disease resistance.A recent.....

Indonesia issues regulation on import of horticulture seeds

Following Indonesia’s Agriculture Policy Act 2010 No. 13 regarding the horticulture statutory framework, there is international trading which includes the import and export regulations detailed in the Agriculture Policy Act 2017 No. 15.The regulations shall be stipulated as basis of service for the.....

Gabe Patin: Award of Distinction for Contributions to Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis

Gabe Patin, a leading executive in the seed industry for many years, helped nurture development of the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) at UC Davis from the time it was an idea until the day it opened its doors on campus in 2003. He was honored with an Award of Distinction by the College of Agricultural and.....

How Virtual Reality can enhance breeding

Prophyta magazine has published a special edition around the ESA 2017 entitled Focus on Europe. In this edition an article is published about KeyGene’s virtual reality breeding tool. A human brain can only process so much information. Selection in a greenhouse filled with hundreds of plants is donkey work......

HM Clause to introduce new Adora tomato in Madrid

Today, there are many kinds of tomatoes available on the market. But what consumers are looking for is a tasty, authentic tomato, without being able to find one at their usual points of sale. Now a new Marmande tomato is available, identified by the brand Adora. At first sight, its colour and shape are.....

UNH celebrates contributions of researcher Brent Loy

J. Brent Loy, professor emeritus of plant biology and genetics, and a researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, recently was honored at a special twilight celebration Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, recognizing his 50 years of research and innovation at the University of New Hampshire.Loy’s experiment.....

DNA of the world’s largest collection of lettuce to be unravelled

It is to be the second largest DNA dataset of plants in the world, after the one for rice. The Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, which is part of Wageningen University & Research, and China’s Beijing Genomics Institute have formed a unique partnership to unravel the DNA of the Wageningen.....

US (CA): Mann Packing removes non-GMO labels from lettuce

CA: One year ago, Mann Packing went through the process of getting some of its vegetable products Non-GMO Project Verified. Now, the company is trying to distance itself from non-GMO labeling.The company is removing the non-GMO verified check from its single-cut lettuce products in its next print run, which.....

"NSAI working to free Indian seed firms from monopolistic MNCs"

M Prabhakar Rao, the Chairman and Managing Director of Hyderabad-based Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL), is known for taking on multinational companies over the issue of patents. Rao was recently re-elected for the third time as the President of National Seed Association of India (NSAI), the largest body representing.....

FUTA introduces new variety of tomatoes to Nigeria

The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, has developed a high-yield new variety of tomatoes.A statement from the university on Thursday said the new variety, named Eva F1, was cultured to suit the Nigerian market through the collaborative efforts of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural.....

Open days for outdoor crops

Enza Zaden presents options for salad bar of the future

During the open days last week, Enza Zaden put all of their outdoor lettuce crops in the spotlight. The most important leafy vegetable, iceberg lettuce, had all of its varieties shown, just as the varieties with market potential that will be tried out on a large scale next year. Enza Zaden also sees a future.....

Gene that makes large, plump tomatoes identified

Farmers can grow big, juicy tomatoes thanks to a mutation in the Cell Size Regulator gene that occurred during the tomato domestication process. Esther van der Knaap of the University of Georgia, Athens and colleagues describe this gene variant in a study published in open-access journal PLOS Genetics on.....

CAN (ON): Getting flavour back into the tomato

There’s a plant inside the greenhouse at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) that could change the tomato eating experience forever.It is part of ongoing research by a Vineland team of plant breeders, biochemists and consumer specialists to discover a more flavourful greenhouse tomato.It turns.....

US (PA): Researcher wins funding for new tomatoes

Penn State research teams working on two promising discoveries — a new, energy-efficient treatment to kill destructive insects in wood, and new tomato varieties bred for Pennsylvania conditions — each have won $75,000 Research Applications for Innovation, or RAIN, grants to bring their discoveries to.....

EU has concerns about BaySanto

Will Monsanto need to find a new Bayer?

Bayer and Monsanto will have to wait for a couple more months, before they can start 'advancing together'. The European Commission has expressed concerns that the super agro-chemical giant will most of all advance the benefits of its shareholders instead of the marketplace. A new investigation will need.....

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.....