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US: WVU professor emeritus unveils new tomato

For more than half his life, Mannon Gallegly, West Virginia University professor emeritus of plant pathology, has been perfecting the tomato. In 1950, his research on vegetable diseases and tomato blight at WVU led him on a 13-year journey that culminated with the West Virginia ’63, also dubbed the “people’s.....

Organic Seed Recordings from Organicology available

In collaboration with the Organic Seed Alliance, eOrganic recorded three sessions on organic seeds at the Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon on February 3, 2017. Got Seed?Micaela Colley, Program Director, Organic Seed AllianceDavid Lively, VP of Sales and Marketing, Organically Grown CompanyKristina.....

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US (PA): PennState hosts seminar on gene editing

New technologies have changed the way we explore biological sciences. With the recent adaptation of Clustered-Regularly-Interspaced-Short-Palindromic-Repeats or "CRISPR" for gene editing, expanded possibilities have emerged for both basic and applied research. Much investigation exists for gene editing in.....

Bayer opens new TOV centers in the Netherlands and Belgium

This year, Bayer is introducing two Tomato On the Vine (TOV) Centers in the Netherlands and Belgium. At these locations, Bayer presents all Nunhems tomato on the vine varieties.During the last three years, Bayer hosted hundreds of visitors at the Bayer Tomato Demo Greenhouse. Tomato growers and other.....

New whitepaper on Plant Breeding and Genetics now available

On March 22, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology released an issue paper titled Plant Breeding and Genetics--A paper in the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050. Dr. P. Stephen Baenziger and Dr. Rita Mumm, cochairs for the team of authors,.....

"Fear of GMOs is impacting quality food research"

A sweet corn GE research project succeeded in engineering sweet corn that blocks corn from developing aflatoxin, which has been shown to cause liver damage and to stunt childhood growth.And like many similar research projects involving genetic engineering before it, its success did not guarantee continued.....

Dutch police raids large marijuana nursery in commercial greenhouse

About 400 marijuana cuttings en 2500 plants were found at a large commercial greenhouse operation in Made, Holland this week. Pictures: Marcel van Dorst - MaRicMedia The police got wind of the nursery on the Plukmadesweg because of a tip. The place got raid last Tuesday. The owner of the complex, a 56 year.....

New marmande tomato variety for the Spanish market

It is a tomato from the RAF family, whose main characteristics are "its chocolate colour, a high Brix level and its ribbed appearance," explains Manuel Ruiz, development and promotion coordinator at HM Clause. It will be officially launched in October under its new name; "a quality label and sign that it has.....

Italy: Strawberry genotype similar to Sabrosa and Florida Fortuna

Fragaria × ananassa Duch. is one of the strawberry crops, part of theRosaceae family, that is most important on a global level, producing over 7.8 million tons. The main producers are China, US, Mexico, Turkey and Europe. Spain is the main European producer, followed by Poland and Italy.In southern Italy and.....

Vicenzo Tancredi, of Viveros Alcanar:

"Italian citrus growers increasingly prefer Spanish varieties"

Founded in 1969, Viveros Alcanar is the largest citrus nursery in Europe, with a total of 200 hectares of nurseries with certified plants spread between the north of the province of Castellon and the south of Tarragona, Spain. It offers the whole range of citrus plants, namely oranges, mandarins, lemons,.....

Seed Planet

Spain: Fruit Attraction adds starting material platform

The ninth edition of Fruit Attraction, to be held from 18 to 20 October, will feature a new area, called Seed Planet, devoted to the presentation of innovations in seeds and plant varieties.This new area will highlight the importance of seeds as a starting point for the food chain and other consumer chains,.....

Orange-brown tomato full of carotenoids and chlorophyll

Tomatoes are a significant source of antioxidant compounds such as carotenoids, lycopene and β-carotene. During ripening, carotenoid accumulation and chlorophyll degradation determine the colour of the fruit. These traits continue to be essential for varietal selection and genetic improvement.....

Video: How to improve tomato varieties

Organic vegetable growers need varieties that are optimally adapted to their farming systems. In this webinar, participants describe how to develop and select improved vegetable varieties using the breeding component of the tomato organic management and improvement (TOMI) project as an example. The goal of.....
Plant breeders to EU:

"Don't slow down the second green revolution"

The National Association of Plant Breeders has stated that agriculture is entering a new green revolution linked to advances in genetics, and they have asked the EU not to retard this development and to ensure a "modern, competitive, and sustainable production."After participating at the meeting of the.....

Bejo and Rijk Zwaan announce licensing deal

Bejo and Rijk Zwaan have signed an agreement for the exchange of non-exclusive licenses for patented traits in vegetables. This exchange will enable the two vegetable breeding companies to strengthen their innovative capacities and introduce improved varieties more quickly. Under the agreement, the parties.....

Bayer launches Minigustos snack vegetables

The vegetable seeds division of Bayer recently launched the Minigustos label, the world’s first brand for tasty, crunchy, and attractive snack vegetables. The first vegetable to be released under the Minigustos label are snack cucumbers. These are now available for purchase.Chocolate, chips and cookies were.....

Weiping Mao, Rijk Zwaan China:

"Shandong gateway to Chinese horticulture"

The Chinese province of Shangdong has an optimal climate for horticulture and is very favorably located. Reason for Dutch vegetable breeder Rijk Zwaan to choose this province as its gateway to China, according to Rijk Zwaan’s business manager China, Weiping Mao.Shandong provinceShandong is located in the.....

The importance of plant structure

Abundant Produce have posted a new Q&A with their chief research scientist, Dr Nabil Ahmad. This time, it's all about the importance of plant structure.Can you explain the importance of plant structure to breeders and growers?"The performance of a plant will depend on the interaction between the plant’s.....

How GM crops can help us feed a fast-growing world

The United Nations forecasts global population to rise to more than 9 billion people by 2050. Climate change may mean that the crops we depend on now may no longer be suited to the areas where they are currently cultivated and may increasingly be threatened by droughts, floods and the spread of plant diseases.....