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Pakistan: FAO, Haji Sons introduce modern vegetable seedling production

A five days’ training, including practical exercises in the field and excursions, was organized by FAO in close collaboration with Haji Sons and the Agriculture Research Institute in Quetta, Pakistan.Twenty entrepreneurial female and 10 male farmers from districts Quetta, Nushki and Chagai, including some.....

Cosmetics company partners with breeder to develop skincare products

Venn Skincare, a San Francisco-based company that researches, develops and produces skincare products featuring advanced science, technology and non-toxic ingredients announced partnership via MoU agreement with Asia Seed, a South Korea-based company that researches, develops and produces vegetables,.....

Ofer Ben Zvi, TomaTech:

"Innovation is not only genetics"

Until now this pioneering tomato seed company has been relatively unknown in the horticultural industry, but now with the launch of their Toma’Muse concept, featuring a unique collaboration of four well-known produce companies worldwide, Israeli breeding company TomaTech is attracting worldwide attention. At.....

Documenting the value of genebanks

The CGIAR Genebank Platform, with support from the Crop Trust, is establishing a ‘Genebank Impacts Fellowship Program’.The program, led by Melinda Smale and Nelissa Jamora, will provide evidence of the value of conserving crop diversity in the 11 international CGIAR genebanks and the Centre for Pacific Crops.....

US: More plantings of organic celery

Perfect growing conditions in both California and Mexico have led to healthy volumes of organic celery. “We have an excellent supply and quality of organic celery at this time,” says Joe Angelo with Castroville, Ca.-based Ocean Mist Farms, which grows both organic and conventional items. This year’s supply.....
University of Maryland, U.S.

Researchers find gene that may increase strawberry production

Strawberries are a $3 billion per year agricultural industry in the United States alone. However, there is a definite potential to enhance this industry further by understanding the mechanisms behind the breeding and production of strawberry plants. Researcher Julie Caruana has come significantly closer to.....

US (MI): Homespun seed catalog specializes in heirloom vegetables

Julie Slezak says heirloom vegetables changed her diet and garden. Now she wants them to change your garden and diet.Slezak and her husband, Scott, are the owners Annie's Heirloom Seeds, a homespun catalog and website that ardently preaches the benefits of non-GMO heirloom vegetables over hybrids.Over the.....

Feeding the world with a bionic leaf

Postdoctoral fellow Kelsey Sakimoto of the Harvard University Center for the Environment is working with chemist Daniel Nocera and synthetic biologist Pamela Silver to tune Nocera and Silver’s “bionic leaf” to help forge a new era of distributed agriculture, beneficial even to subsistence farmers far from.....

"Bayer to sell vegetable seeds business"

Bayer plans to sell its global vegetable seeds business and allow BASF exclusive access to its digital farming data in an effort to address EU antitrust concerns over its $63.5 billion purchase of Monsanto, Reuters reports.Bayer clinched a deal in October last year to sell its seed and herbicide businesses.....

Bejo and Limagrain announce licensing deal on traits in vegetables

Bejo and Limagrain, through its listed company Vilmorin & Cie, have signed an agreement for the exchange of non-exclusive licenses for patented traits in vegetables. This exchange will enable the two vegetable breeding companies to strengthen their innovative capacities and introduce improved varieties.....

Japanese research could boost crop yields

Genetic trigger adds branches to plants

Regarding crop yielding branched plants -such as apple trees- the more branches that bear fruit, the better. But there's a limit to the number of branches that plants create, caused by a gene that puts the brakes on this splitting process called shoot branching. This week, researchers revealed a chemical.....

Blast from the past: 1929 tomato seeds

"Haven Seed Company offers the following varieties of tomato and other seeds, for delivery after harvest." Sounds good? Hang on, don't order just yet... these tomato seeds are from 1929.Old news perhaps, but it does make for an interesting read: "We grow all our Tomato Seed, and for seed purposes only. Our.....

Harm Custers, Takii Europe:

"Sharing is multiplying, listening is appreciating"

This year my work started in Almeria, Spain. There – in the middle of 30,000 hectare of greenhouses – we had our Team Inspiration Days. Almeria is the orchard of Europe during wintertime, supplying most of the fruity vegetables to the supermarkets across our continent. The greenhouse acreage is devoted to.....

New 'Tomato Expression Atlas' dives deep into the fruit's flesh

From fried green tomatoes to pizza pie, the world savors the tomato across many stages of ripeness, each with its unique qualities. How a fruit ripens has long been an important question for breeders, and the subject of an extensive and fruitful collaboration involving researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute.....