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New idea could mean sweeter strawberries with less sugar

One teenager's bright idea inspired by the humble strawberry could help tackle obesity. Her plan will be among the first to work at RB's new £105m research centre in Hull.Nineteen-year-old Isabel Hyde won a national competition to join some of the company's top scientists at the new state-of-the-art complex.....

November 12, Colorado State University

US (CO): Making tastier tomatoes

You know the experience: You slice into a red, juicy, store-bought tomato, take a bite and…nothing.This familiar, flavorless experience might someday be less common thanks to the work of Harry Klee, professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida and featured speaker at this year’s.....

UNH to develop strawberry varieties specifically for U.S. organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the United States.The organic strawberry varieties will be developed.....

Germany: KfW & Crop Trust sign agreement to safeguard crop diversity

Global efforts to protect crop diversity have been boosted by a €50 million loan from the German Development Bank (KfW) to the Global Crop Diversity Trust’s endowment fund, which was created to forever fund the diversity of the most important crops needed for global food and nutritional security.With a.....

Vineland reflects on a decade of innovation

A decade ago, the CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) was holding in his hands a proposal for renewal and reinvention mapping out an exciting future for the former Vineland Research Station.Today, he can take stock of remarkable accomplishments by a team of scientists, along with valued.....

DuPont Pioneer, Broad Institute enable democratic CRISPR licensing

DuPont Pioneer and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced today that they have reached an agreement to jointly provide non-exclusive licenses to foundational CRISPR-Cas9 intellectual property under their respective control for use in commercial agricultural research and product development. These.....

Korea Seed and Variety Service to hold international symposium

The Korea Seed and Variety Service (director Oh Byeong-seok) announced that the organization will hold an international symposium in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the protection of varieties, for the purpose of assessing the 20-year performance of the new plant variety protection system, as well as.....

"Disease-resistant GMO tomato blocked by public fears"

Some Florida tomato farmers spray copper-based pesticides up to 44 times per year in an effort to fend off bacterial spot, a devastating disease growers have been battling for over 60 years. A genetically engineered tomato resistant to the disease could cut that number to zero, while also doubling.....

UK: New raspberry varieties Malling Bella and Malling Charm launched

Consistent flavour, good fruit quality and long shelf life are set to make two new raspberry varieties, Malling Bella and Malling Charm, strong favourites with consumers and retailers in the future, says breeder NIAB EMR.They are the first two raspberry varieties from the East Malling Rubus Breeding.....

Study shows way to create common ground about gene-editing

In an increasingly crowded and hungry world, a range of new food production technologies are emerging in an effort to keep up. New gene editing approaches now let scientists hack into genomes to alter foods’ characteristics – increasing yields, lengthening shelf-life, or improving disease resistance.A recent.....

Indonesia issues regulation on import of horticulture seeds

Following Indonesia’s Agriculture Policy Act 2010 No. 13 regarding the horticulture statutory framework, there is international trading which includes the import and export regulations detailed in the Agriculture Policy Act 2017 No. 15.The regulations shall be stipulated as basis of service for the.....

Gabe Patin: Award of Distinction for Contributions to Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis

Gabe Patin, a leading executive in the seed industry for many years, helped nurture development of the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) at UC Davis from the time it was an idea until the day it opened its doors on campus in 2003. He was honored with an Award of Distinction by the College of Agricultural and.....

How Virtual Reality can enhance breeding

Prophyta magazine has published a special edition around the ESA 2017 entitled Focus on Europe. In this edition an article is published about KeyGene’s virtual reality breeding tool. A human brain can only process so much information. Selection in a greenhouse filled with hundreds of plants is donkey work......

HM Clause to introduce new Adora tomato in Madrid

Today, there are many kinds of tomatoes available on the market. But what consumers are looking for is a tasty, authentic tomato, without being able to find one at their usual points of sale. Now a new Marmande tomato is available, identified by the brand Adora. At first sight, its colour and shape are.....

High-tech for better crop varieties

Robotic cameras, molecular tweezers and virtual reality greenhouses are all helping to develop the crops that are in demand with supermarkets and consumers. The Dutch company KeyGene is at the forefront when it comes to these technologies.At KeyGene in Wageningen, 140 researchers are working on developing.....

Flower breeding opened scientific doors for Abundant

Abundant Produce have interviewed their research manager, Graham Brown, on the company's roots in science. Here's what he has to say.I understand that you founded Abundant Produce around five years ago, but your career in plant science and breeding started some time before that?Oh yes, quite some time. I.....

Making vegetable markets work for smallholders in Myanmar

This case study (PDF), developed under the initiative of the Seas of Change by Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Reuver+Co Communication Design, discusses challenges and lessons learned from the ‘Making Vegetable Markets Work for the Poor’ Program. This program focuses on improving the vegetable.....

US: Deadline approaches for plant science student video contest

Students planning to submit videos for the Better Seed, Better Life student video contest have about one week left until the August 31 deadline. Sponsored by the American Seed Trade Association, along with the National Association of Plant Breeders and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society.....

US: NIFA invests $35 million in specialty crop research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 12 new grants totaling $35 million for science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), authorized by.....

Mexico seed testing harmonization delegation visits US

A delegation of four officials from the phytosanitary arm of the Mexico Ministry of Agriculture visited Iowa and California from August 20-25, 2017. During the visit, the officials learned how the US conducts official seed health tests via the National Seed Health System (NSHS).After the visit, ASTA hopes.....

Gene that makes large, plump tomatoes identified

Farmers can grow big, juicy tomatoes thanks to a mutation in the Cell Size Regulator gene that occurred during the tomato domestication process. Esther van der Knaap of the University of Georgia, Athens and colleagues describe this gene variant in a study published in open-access journal PLOS Genetics on.....

CAN (ON): Getting flavour back into the tomato

There’s a plant inside the greenhouse at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) that could change the tomato eating experience forever.It is part of ongoing research by a Vineland team of plant breeders, biochemists and consumer specialists to discover a more flavourful greenhouse tomato.It turns.....

US (PA): Researcher wins funding for new tomatoes

Penn State research teams working on two promising discoveries — a new, energy-efficient treatment to kill destructive insects in wood, and new tomato varieties bred for Pennsylvania conditions — each have won $75,000 Research Applications for Innovation, or RAIN, grants to bring their discoveries to.....

EU has concerns about BaySanto

Will Monsanto need to find a new Bayer?

Bayer and Monsanto will have to wait for a couple more months, before they can start 'advancing together'. The European Commission has expressed concerns that the super agro-chemical giant will most of all advance the benefits of its shareholders instead of the marketplace. A new investigation will need.....

Australia: Space tomatoes seized in Sydney

Tomato seeds that were carried into space aboard a space shuttle and experimented on by astronauts in the 1980s only made it past Sydney's Biosecurity officers after a blast of gamma rays.The Tomato Rutgers California Supreme seeds were launched into space in April 1984 aboard NASA's Long Duration Exposure.....

Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

On July 1, 2017, Syngenta celebrated 150 years in vegetable seeds.Sluis and Groot, a legacy company of Syngenta, was founded in 1867 in the Netherlands as exporters of cabbage seeds. Today, Syngenta has 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties.“We are very proud of our long heritage in vegetable seeds,” said.....

September 6-8, Hong Kong

Rijk Zwaan presents retail opportunities at Asia Fruit Logistica

From 6-8 September 2017, Rijk Zwaan will once again be exhibiting at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. At its stand, the breeding company plans to show visitors how expanding and broadening the fresh produce range in store can help to stimulate overall consumption.Rijk Zwaan regards Asia Fruit Logistica as.....

East-West Seed takes root in Cambodia

East-West Seed held its grand launch in Cambodia on August 17, gathering more than 100 guests and stakeholders from government, NGO partners, businesses, key distributors and farmers. His Excellency Ty Sokhun, Secretary of State of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries keynoted the event.L-R: East-West Seed.....