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Arcadia Biosciences to accelerate trait development with CRISPR-Cas9 licenseArcadia Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKDA), an agricultural technology company, announced today that it has signed a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for research use of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology in agriculture. The technology will enable Arcadia to.....
US: Hawaiian seed bank houses world's rarest seedsThe National Tropical Botanical Garden, on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, is housed alongside NTBG’s collection of 80,000 dried plant specimens and rare botany books in a building that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes. It does have a vulnerability, though: pests. Funguses or bugs — like booklice — hiding.....
Green vegetables of soilless cultivation are sold to partners, like Starbucks and Disney
Hong Kong Aquagreen Valley cooperates with Rijk ZwaanCan you still grow salads, tomatoes and other green vegetables without soil, pesticides and fertilizer? It can be done with a technology called soilless cultivation. Aquagreen Valley, with its headquarters in Hong Kong, now uses seeds from the Dutch company Rijk Zwaan to plant in Huidong. On 26 June, Mrs......
ASTA hosts 134th annual convention, elects new leadership teamASTA’s annual meeting, June 21-24, brought together its diverse membership to tackle collective issues and develop policy to guide the future of the association. During the meeting, ASTA elected its 2017-18 leadership team which will continue to oversee the implementation of the association’s five year.....
Agriculture resilience and private sector partnerships key topics at AIDF Asia summit
Looking beyond subsistence farmingBuilding resilience in agricultural and food systems is one of the greatest challenges of development. An FAO study showed that agriculture in developing countries suffered 23% of all damage and loss caused by medium and large-scale disasters from 2006-2016. Smallholder farmers are at the forefront and are.....
How to make a career switch with online learning:
From aquaculture to plant breedingWhat impact can online learning have on your career? This article describes the career switch of Jos Smallegange, who began his career in aquaculture and now works in plant breeding. The distance learning modules of Wageningen Academy played an important role in his career switch. What is the added value of.....
Australian seeds book place in Doomsday shelterAustralia is ensuring its long-term food security by sending more than 10,000 seed varieties to Norway’s “Doomsday Vault”.The Australian Pastures Genebank (APG) in South Australia has collected and processed more than 84,000 lots of pasture seed from around the country to be deposited in the plant world’s.....
“Flavour, shape and stamina are important in an organic variety”For the past three years, the Dutch produce company Organic Brothers has been growing the Wasino RZ plum truss tomato, which is marketed by customer Eosta as Pomodorini. Aris van der Meer from Organic Brothers (right side of picture) explains how the variety attracted their attention thanks to its flavour,.....
Public-private partnership boosts Thailand's global seed sector rankingAt a high-level dialogue with government officials including Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives General Chatchai Sarikulya and other key policy makers, leading vegetable seed company East-West Seed expressed support.....