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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.....

Trial Center Tomato Rijk Zwaan offers complete experience

‘An experience for all your senses’. That is what Rijk Zwaan aims to offer visitors of their Trial Center Tomato in Kwintsheul, the Netherlands. Even more so than in the years before, Rijk Zwaan intends to excite all senses by presenting a broad range of tomato, eggplant, cucumber and pepper varieties.Since.....

"Public private partnerships work together for the benefit of the farmer"

Joining a panel discussion led by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) at the EU Dev Days, Maaike Groot, company representative of East-West Seed in Europe, emphasized the importance of partnerships in driving farmer development.“Local partnerships are crucial for scaling up our.....

Grafted cucumbers provide resistance to deteriorating water quality in South Africa

Rijk Zwaan dominates the commercial cucumber seed market in South Africa, in part because of a strong relationship with producers like Stewart Colling of Somerset Farms who trials RZ varieties on an ongoing basis alongside his commercial cucumber production.“We don’t necessarily strive to be the largest seed.....

Egypt: Dutch embassy visits Rijk Zwaan Mena Field Days

Dutch Ambassador H.E. Laurens Westhoff and the agriculture counselor Ir. Joost Geijer have been invited to the Rijk Zwaan field day trip to their station in Saleheya.Rijk Zwaan is one of the leading Dutch companies in the seeds technology field. They have been investing in the Egyptian market since 1995.In.....

Highlights from Dutch open day:

Syngenta expands tomato catalog in multiple segments

Last week, Syngenta held a tomato open day at their Dutch demo greenhouse in Monster. The Swiss breeder is known for their varieties in the snack segment. This year they revealed more varieties than ever in other segments. Here are some of the highlights.Buvena has returned again and the quality of the seed.....