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Vicenzo Tancredi, of Viveros Alcanar:

"Italian citrus growers increasingly prefer Spanish varieties"

Founded in 1969, Viveros Alcanar is the largest citrus nursery in Europe, with a total of 200 hectares of nurseries with certified plants spread between the north of the province of Castellon and the south of Tarragona, Spain. It offers the whole range of citrus plants, namely oranges, mandarins, lemons,.....

Seed Planet

Spain: Fruit Attraction adds starting material platform

The ninth edition of Fruit Attraction, to be held from 18 to 20 October, will feature a new area, called Seed Planet, devoted to the presentation of innovations in seeds and plant varieties.This new area will highlight the importance of seeds as a starting point for the food chain and other consumer chains,.....

Orange-brown tomato full of carotenoids and chlorophyll

Tomatoes are a significant source of antioxidant compounds such as carotenoids, lycopene and β-carotene. During ripening, carotenoid accumulation and chlorophyll degradation determine the colour of the fruit. These traits continue to be essential for varietal selection and genetic improvement.....

Video: How to improve tomato varieties

Organic vegetable growers need varieties that are optimally adapted to their farming systems. In this webinar, participants describe how to develop and select improved vegetable varieties using the breeding component of the tomato organic management and improvement (TOMI) project as an example. The goal of.....
Plant breeders to EU:

"Don't slow down the second green revolution"

The National Association of Plant Breeders has stated that agriculture is entering a new green revolution linked to advances in genetics, and they have asked the EU not to retard this development and to ensure a "modern, competitive, and sustainable production."After participating at the meeting of the.....

Italy: Rijk Zwaan inaugurates second Trial Station

A commercial offer cannot be successful without direct experience: it's not possible to sell seeds from a catalogue. This is why Rijk Zwaan's Italian and Dutch management have inaugurated a second Trial Station, located in Latina.Click here for the photo gallery.Clients, partners and journalists attended the.....

Spain: Huelva develops own varieties to reduce foreign supply

The Florida Fortuna, Victory, San Andreas and Calinda are the main strawberries grown in Huelva during the 2016-2017 season. All of them are the result of genetic improvement programs carried out by the University of Florida (Fortuna) and California (Andreas).In the 1950's, the strawberries grown in Spain.....

Valencia and Murcia

Spanish researchers look for drought-tolerant tomatoes, peppers

Researchers from Valencia and Murcia, working together with the agrarian organization La Unió de Llauradors, are involved in a pioneering project to obtain traditional tomato and pepper varieties adapted to drought and high salinity conditions.The study is coordinated by the pepper and chilli improvement.....

In collaboration with Seminis

New field-grown colored pepper varieties unveiled

J&J Family of Farms is always looking for ways to attract and bring value to its customers and is introducing its field-grown colored pepper program. The company plans to keep fulfilling consumer demand in new and innovative ways with the new product line.J&J Family of Farms worked closely with.....

ASTA delegation discusses import regulation in Brazil

On February 21 and 22, ASTA Sr. Director for Seed Health and Trade Ric Dunkle and several ASTA member-company representatives met with Brazilian plant protection authorities, APHIS, and the Brazilian Seed Trade Association (ABRASEM) in Brazil. The discussions focused on new phytosanitary import regulations.....

Bumblebees work best with smelly feet

Smelly footprints left by bumblebees can help them find good sources of food.The insects secrete invisible markers when they touch their feet on a surface, which can be detected by themselves and other bumblebees.Researchers from the University of Bristol, in the UK, found that bees can distinguish between.....

Agricultural robot may be ‘game changer’ for crop growers, breeders

A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders – and eventually farmers – can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.A team of.....

Israel: Ministry of Agriculture to subsidise genomic selection

Israel's Ministry of Agriculture has announced the allocation of funds to subsidise research into the breeding of new fruit and vegetable varieties by means of genomic selection.It is worth noting that, unlike genetic engineering, which is banned in both European and Israeli agriculture, genome selection is.....

US (TX): AgriLife breeding program to develop better cultivars

A unique vegetable breeding program at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde could bring improved onion, watermelon, tomato and black-eyed pea varieties to producers in South and Central Texas.“The uniqueness of this multidisciplinary breeding program, involving breeders,.....