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Spain: Top Seeds working on new processing tomatoes

Tomatoes for processing are a very important extensive crop in Spain, with the country being the world's third largest producer, only behind China and the United States.The seed company Top Seeds, which belongs to the Japanese group Mitsui, has been developing two tomato varieties for the past four seasons:.....

Axia's Xandor TOV:

Adding taste and quality to Holland's largest tomato category

Catching attention in the large TOV segment you cannot do exclusively in the greenhouse, is the opinion of the breeders of Axia Vegetable Seeds. "To match the production of current varieties is a minimum requirement for a new variety, but the difference is made further in the chain with quality."With about.....

new EFSA guidance provides advice

Assessing allergenicity of GM plants

EFSA has published supplementary guidance on allergenicity to further strengthen risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants. The document considers new scientific and regulatory developments, complementing recommendations in existing guidance and regulations.What are the key points?The new guidance.....

Pakistan: Scientists engineer disease-resistant tomato varieties

Scientists of the Vegetable Research Institute, Faisalabad have successfully developed two new varieties of tomatoes, the Sundar Hybrid (suitable for high tunnels) and Ahmar Hybrid (suitable for low tunnels and open fields). The team, headed by Dr Saeed Ahmad Chishti, Kashif Nadeem, Dr Muhammad Iqbal,.....

East-West Seed strengthens position in Central America

With the introduction of several promising new varieties, East-West Seed is building up its position in Central and Latin America. The independent breeder has high expectations of its first commercial determinate tomato variety for the Mexican market, but also their papaya program is bearing fruit.Herke van.....

"GSPP certification indispensable for any self-respecting breeder"

Good Seed and Plant Practices (GSPP), has become a leading global standard for secured hygiene in seed production and plant propagation. Since the introduction of the certification, an increasing amount of growers and propagators no longer want to work with a propagator or seed breeder that is not backed by.....

CPVO appoints new Vice President

Following an open competition, the Council of the EU decided on 6 June 2017, on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission drawn up after obtaining the opinion of the Administration Council of the CPVO, to appoint Mr. Francesco Mattina, as Vice-President of the CPVO for a period of five years. His.....

Greengro signs cannabis genetic JV with plant geneticist

Greengro Technologies has signed a joint venture with Maqsood Rehman, Ph.D., a leading horticulture geneticist, for the development, patenting and licensing of cannabis strains.The JV is between GenoBreeding, a majority-owned Greengro subsidiary, and Dr. Rehman. Under the terms of the agreement, GenoBreeding.....

Egypt: "Transition towards high value seeds has started"

With 92 million people that need to be fed every day, Egypt is a big market offering plenty of opportunities to companies active in the agricultural sector. One such company is Rijk Zwaan. The breeding company takes part in the country’s transition from low to high value vegetables.The consumption habits in.....

Open house at Polish propagator Krasoń:

Polish nursery to hit 250 million seedlings this year

Last weekend, Poland's largest vegetable propagator Krasoń celebrated its 20th anniversary with a well-attended open day. The nursery, which currently operates a total acreage of 11 hectares, welcomed a large group of customers, suppliers and other interested parties to visit their newest greenhouse.....

1000-series:

De Ruiter launches new generation of large truss

For years, Merlice has been at the top of the large truss segment. The variety is from De Ruiter and just about every breeder has at one time stated that they had ‘the new Merlice’ - but it never turned out to be the case. With the new 1000 series, De Ruiter continues in this popular segment once again.It’s.....

Turkey: Yüksel names new tomato after Samuel Eto'o

Yüksel Tohum has named its latest heirloom specialty tomato after Samuel Eto'o, the world famous Cameroonian footballer. According to Yuksel, the tomato variety has a lot of vigor and it is very long-lasting, just like the 36 year old top scorer of Antalyaspor.While being very active on international markets.....

Inspiring open day at Leamington demo house:

Canada: Rijk Zwaan showcases new yellow grape, TOV and cocktail varieties

Last week, Thursday June 8, 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. Also this.....

"Sri Lanka seed import monopoly hurts farmers"

Poorly designed regulations in Sri Lanka that allow companies effective monopolies in seed imports are hurting farmers and producers, according to a new study of difficulties faced by Sri Lankan agriculture exporters.“The guidelines issued severely undermine competition in the seed market,” said the study on.....

Monsanto gets competition in search for high-tech crops

Monsanto is opening its next chapter in genetic technology -- and may face tougher competition.The St. Louis company is investing in gene editing in an effort to keep an edge over rival suppliers of high-tech crop seeds. Monsanto has signed a string of licensing deals to add new gene-editing capabilities to.....

US (NJ): Rutgers debuts pumpkin habanero pepper

A new pumpkin habanero pepper developed at Rutgers, which has more heat than a bell pepper but less of a kick than a typical habanero, is about to hit the market.The pumpkin habanero is the first new variety released through Rutgers exotic pepper breeding program, which was formed to create a niche for New.....

Crispr/Cas researchers hit roadblock in Europe

Sophien Kamoun studies plant diseases at the Sainsbury Laboratory in England, and in March his team published a paper describing a tomato they’d tweaked. Using the gene-editing technique Crispr/Cas9, Kamoun’s group snipped out a piece of a gene called Mildew Resistant Locus O, or Mlo. That deletion makes the.....

Biotech/GM crops surge to new peak of 185.1 million hectares

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri‐biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report showcasing the 110‐fold increase in adoption rate of biotech crops globally in just 21 years of commercialization – growing from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 185.1 million hectares in.....

Bejo lettuce varieties resistant to new Bremia race BL:33EU

On Monday, May 1, the International Bremia Evaluation Board for the EU (IBEB-EU) officially designated a new race of Bremia 33, also known as new downy mildew, in lettuce. Bejo announces that with only a few exceptions all of their varieties with resistance BL16-32 are resistant to Bremia BL: 33EU.The.....

PGI La Cañada's Raf tomato in Madrid's Salon de Gourmets

Raf tomatoes, the flagship product of the PGI Tomate La Cañada, will delight the palates of the public attending Madrid's Salon de Gourmets thanks to the recipes proposed by four great chefs from the province of Almeria: José Álvarez, of Restaurant 'La Costa', with a Michelin star; Antonio Carmona, of.....

US: “Better Seed, Better Life” student video contest

Are you a graduate or undergraduate student focusing on a plant-science discipline? The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America (Tri-Societies) invite you.....

India to create law against supply of counterfeit seeds

According to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao the government will bring in an ordinance to deal sternly with the supply of spurious seeds and fertilizers that are causing havoc with the fortunes of the farmers in the State.Reviewing the government plans to reach out to the farmers with adequate assistance.....

US: Field trials help identify ‘top tomatoes’ for Texas producers, gardeners

For more than a half century, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in collaboration with a Bexar County agricultural producer and others, has been involved in field trials to determine the best tomato varieties for Texas.These trials provide AgriLife Extension horticulturists with valuable data they.....

Canary Islands recover Orone tomatoes after eight years of research

After eight years of research, recovery and improvement, the first Orone tomato harvests are already on the market. It is a variety that has not been cultivated in the Canaries since the 1970's, but which is in a position to compete with any other tomato marketed in the Islands, mainly because its.....

Hazera supports agriculture in Africa

Vegetable seed company Hazera has a mission to contribute to the supply of high quality vegetables all over the world. With this mission in mind, the company decided to support agricultural development in Africa, providing high quality seeds and expertise to support people improving their living conditions......

New tomato varieties for the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (Idiaf) and Taiwan's agricultural cooperation in the Dominican Republic, presented three new varieties of bugalu tomatoes that are resistant to viral diseases caused by the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). The tomatoes were presented at a field.....