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Special  –  Breeding


US: Hawaiian seed bank houses world's rarest seeds

The 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 Zwaan

Can 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 team

ASTA’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 farming

Building 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 breeding

What 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 shelter

Australia 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 ranking

At 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.....

June 22

Webinar: Doing agribusiness in the Philippines

A collaboration between the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk and the EU-Philippines Business Network, the webinar “Agriculture in the Philippines: Business opportunities and IPR protection” will focus on unique opportunities for EU SMEs in a rapidly developing sector. This webinar is held in connection with.....

New blocky pepper varieties at de Ruiter

Seed breeder De Ruiter has invested heavily in many new pepper varieties which are currently in the pipeline. Franky van Looveren, sales manager at De Ruiter: "We plan to approach the pepper market in the same way as we are currently doing in the cucumber market, which is going well."The first new pepper.....

Italy: Coviro relaunches strawberry varieties

Just a few weeks after the start of transplants, Vivai Coviro is relaunching its wide range of varieties that meet both market and producer needs.The cover of the new Coviro catalogue"Things have been difficult for fresh strawberries in the past few months due to overlaps caused by the abnormal weather. Now.....

German breeders develop ‘open source’ plant seeds

Breeders from Göttingen University in Germany and Dottenfelderhof agricultural school in Bad Vilbel, Germany, have released tomato and wheat varieties under an open-source license. Their move follows similar schemes for sharing plant material in India and the United States, but is the first that provides.....

The development of a tomato from seed to fruit

At NatureFresh Farms, they grow many different varieties of tomatoes, and they come in different colors, shapes, and various sizes."One of the greatest joys of growing tomatoes is the moment when the first fruit start turning color and we know that the harvesting time for those plants is beginning!" In the.....

The contribution of international vegetable breeding to Indian companies

This article in the Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution Journal explores the role of international agricultural research when research and development have shifted to the private sector.This is analyzed for vegetables in India, where a sophisticated private seed industry has developed, using data from 27.....