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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.....

Visualising gene-trait networks for faster discovery

It is now possible for non-bioinformaticians to create knowledge-networks – a powerful way for biologists to visualise deep connections between genes and phenotypes – quickly and efficiently thanks to the integration of Rothamsted Research’s open-source KnetMiner software into the Genestack platform.These.....

Retrieval of seeds from Global Seed Vault to replace Aleppo gene bank

At the same time when ICARDA brings back to the Seed Vault 7,511 samples from last years multiplication of seeds at their stations in Lebanon and Morocco, 52,451 seeds samples, initially sent to the Svalbard from their gene bank in Aleppo, Syria, is now on their way back for reconstructing new complete gene.....

Vilmorin-MKS becomes Vilmorin-Mikado

A year after Vilmorin SA and Mikado Kyowa Seed Co. Ltd united, the French-Japanese Business Unit of Limagrain, changes its name to become Vilmorin-Mikado. A name embodying the roots and carrying the values of the company."One year after our merger, the new Business Unit has inherited the original traits of.....

Miguel Sáenz, general manager of Sáenz Fety:

Colombia has a potential for development of hydroponics

Colombia has all the conditions to become a world food pantry. Its privileged geographical position added to its rich and diverse climatic conditions are advantages of which other countries lack. However, in order to exploit this condition, a joint effort must be made in which technology and innovation have.....

Leo Ammerlaan, Van der Lugt and the Grow Group

Dutch propagators announce merger plans

Three Dutch plant growers have announced their intention to merge with effect from 1st January 2018.This involves the plant nurseries Leo Ammerlaan, Van der Lugt (both from Bleiswijk / Berkel & Rodenrijs) and the Grow Group (from Naaldwijk, with sites in Bergschenhoek, Baarlo and Kessel). They will.....