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Photos: Vegetable cooperative in China's Hebei

The Ministry of Agriculture of China has shared some photos of a vegetable cooperative in Hebei. Take a look to see how they produce starting material and grow greenhouse veggies in China:A member of Lyuyuan Vegetable Cooperative waters vegetables in Suning County, north China's Hebei Province, Sept. 26,.....

"Plant breeding innovation at the heart of a sustainable EU agri-food policy"

Ahead of the European Commission’s conference on Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture on 28 September, the European seed sector launched the campaign #EmbracingNature to underline and explain the essential role plant breeding innovation plays in tackling Europe’s agri-food challenges, including meeting.....

Chinese television crew pays attention to new Axia varieties

A Chinese television crew in the greenhouse during the Axia Vegetable Seeds open days, but what does that mean? "Due to the joint venture we founded with Shouguang Vegetable Group, both our Chinese partners and a Chinese television crew came over," says Michel de Winter. For a report on the company, Alois.....

Will Europe embrace precise plant breeding or further frustrate innovation?

We urgently need legal certainty to support innovation in plant breeding in the EU, writes Arjen van Tunen. Agriculture and crop improvement via plant breeding has defined our civilisation since the days when humans turned grass into grain and evolved from hunter-gatherers into farmers. The crop plants we.....

NU Tech Roundtable:

"Agriculture will win the CRISPR race"

The successes expected from CRISPR-Cas systems “Will come first in agriculture,” said North Carolina University food scientist, Rodolphe Barrangou, Ph.D., at the 8th annual NU Tech Roundtable.The Triangle campus of Japan’s Nagoya University sponsored the half-day event at the North Carolina Biotechnology.....

Development of eggplant materials for adaptation to climate change

Late November, I had the great pleasure to attend the final meeting of the eggplant project: “Utilization of crop wild relatives in eggplant pre-breeding for adaptation to climate change”. This is one of the 19 pre-breeding projects working across the globe under the Crop Wild Relatives Initiative. Three.....

September 26-28, Zwaagdijk

Sakata Field Days in the Netherlands

The annual Sakata Field Days in the Netherlands will take place from Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th of September 2017 from 9am to 5pm.This year, they will present their new varieties of broccoli, spinach, beetroot, cauliflower, cabbage and squash, as well as numerous trial varieties which complete their wide.....

Global seed company names new CEO

Philippe Rousseau, a seed industry veteran, was named Global Chief Executive Officer (Global CEO) for Verisem, a Paine Schwartz Partners portfolio company. Paine Schwartz Partners also announced that Verisem is the new name for its collection of specialty seed production companies, with operations in the.....

What does the future of peppers look like?

Are peppers a superfood? Which pepper goes best with drinks? Is there such a thing as 'beer peppers'? The consumption of peppers is on the rise. How do we best play into this as a sector to guarantee a healthy future. Are we all offering a super healthy and super fresh product? How do we ensure that the.....

Italy: Bayer presents tomato innovations

An open day at F.lli Fronte in the Pachino area (SR) organised byBayer's Vegetable Seeds and Crop Protection departments took place a few days ago. Professionals such asRosario Tumino (Sales Specialist Tomato Fresh Market - Nunhems Italy srl/Bayer), Giuseppe Cortese (Field Marketing Specialist - Bayer).....

Ghana: Seed companies launch umbrella body

The National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG), a body comprising all value chain actors in the seed industry, has been launched in Accra to help build food security in the country.The association, which is an umbrella organisation of 32 seed companies, ultimately aims at contributing to enhancing.....

Great interest in new varieties during open day Rijk Zwaan Canada

On Thursday September 7, Rijk Zwaan organized their annual guided tour through their Demonstration house in Leamington, Ontario. Growers, retailers and traders from Canada and the USA came to view, taste and assess the broad range of tomato varieties the Dutch breeding company has to offer. Rijk Zwaan.....

Benson Hill launches CRISPR 3.0

Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural technology company that uses cloud biology to unlock the genetic potential of plants, announced at the Ag Innovation Showcase the commercial launch of CRISPR 3.0, a novel family of Cms1 nucleases as part of its suite of genomics tools to accelerate crop performance.....

Rijk Zwaan introduces Knox lettuce varieties to South African growers

Lettuce variety selection is such an intricate process that Rijk Zwaan’s current demo field on Pleroma Farm, outside Brits in the North West Province, entails 110 varieties, where a similar trial for cucumbers might consist of five or ten varieties.Every processor and every retailer has a different set of.....