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UK: Promising new varieties from summer fruiting raspberry trials

AHDB Knowledge Exchange manager Scott Raffle discusses the latest results from the summer fruiting raspberry variety trials.Exciting work coming out of the latest summer fruiting raspberry variety trials means that soft fruit growers have increased access to delicious and profitable selections.Over the.....

Wageningen University publishes booklet on plant breeding techniques

Scientists of Wageningen University & Research have published a concise booklet that gives some new insights into several aspects of plant breeding techniques such as genome editing: 'Plant breeding techniques in a new era'.In recent years a range of New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) have been.....

ESA workshop

"A new plant health framework impacting the movement of seed"

The movement of seed including treated seed is becoming increasingly important to the seed industry for commercial seeds, as well as for seed production and new variety development. At the same time, the phytosanitary requirements for seed movement are becoming more challenging.The governing body of the.....

May 3, Gingin

Australia: Growers invited to leafy lettuce field day

Industry body vegetablesWA is inviting growers to a field day focussed on leafy lettuce varieties in Gingin next month.Chief executive John Shannon said the full day tour and workshop at the Loose Leaf Lettuce Company on May 3 is an opportunity for growers to explore leafy varieties and speak to seed.....

Geoffrey Denton joins Tozer Seeds as Plant Pathologist

Dr. Geoffrey Denton recently joined Tozer Seeds as Plant Pathologist. He will be involved in disease resistance breeding programs and his role will include developing new tests for analysing diseases in seed.Dr. Denton is a highly experienced plant pathologist with a PhD in Biology from Imperial College.....

US (GA): Chef believes future of local food lies in locally produced seeds

In just under two decades, the local food movement has changed the way many people think about their food. Now it’s time for the next step: a local seed system.The wall between heirloom seed varieties and mass produced modern varieties needs to be dismantled, chef Daniel Barber told the more than 300 people.....

Spain: Semillas Fitó invests €1.5M in expansion of R&D facilities

Semillas Fitó has presented its new R&D facilities, built at the company's headquarters in El Ejido, Almeria. They took one hectare of land and an investment of 1.5 million Euro. These new 10,000 square metres will be devoted to R&D in varietal improvement and features a computer-managed.....

John Purcell, Monsanto

"Modern biology will maximize potential of vertical controlled-environment agriculture"

"Partnerships between seed companies and vertical controlled-environment producers, and the application of modern biology tools to create custom germplasm, will be key to enabling these new and exciting production systems, just as they are in today’s most commonly-used fruit and vegetable production.....

Syngenta strengthens vegetable seed business in sweet corn

Late last week, Syngenta announced the acquisition of Abbott & Cobb, a U.S. owned independent breeder, producer, and marketer of vegetable seeds. Abbott & Cobb has been in the vegetable seeds business in the United States since 1917. They have since grown to supply growers, distributors, retailers,.....

US (IN): Career takes root in starting new plants

Chelsea Maupin is obsessed with plants, but you need to see her apartment to believe it. Small succulents perch on the windowsills. A bookcase in the living room is dedicated to green things of all shapes and sizes. Potted plants line the perimeter of her deck.Perhaps this obsession is hereditary. She grew.....

New tomato variety resistant to many insects

A wild tomato from the Galapagos Islands has been discovered by scientists from Wageningen University & Research to be resistant to a wide range of pest insects. This variety is closely related to the cultivated tomato, making the resilience easier to interbreed into the latter and ultimately making it.....

Plants are better in dealing with too much light than previously thought

Plants are damaged by too much sunlight. Researchers from Wageningen and Lithuania have now discovered the workings of an inner protection system which quickly counters the harmful effects of an overdose of light. The finding can be of importance to future crop yields.Green plants collect the sun light in an.....

Spain: Sakata inaugurates new research centre in Almeria

On 6 April, Sakata inaugurated its new seed research, development and production centre in the municipality of La Puebla de Vícar, in Almeria. The event was chaired by Hiroshi Sakata, President of the Sakata Seed Corporation, and was attended by Alain Sicard, President of Sakata Vegetables Europe, and Javier.....

Yuxellence brand:

Presenting fruit quality of the past in modern varieties

You can say many things about the fresh produce market, but it's never boring. These days a remarkable trend is shown: people are willing to pay more for a quality product. According to Ziya Yildiz of Yuksel Tohum, this demand for quality is an important concept for breeders nowadays. That's why they.....