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Dr. Jan de Riek

New co-vice president CIOPORA appointed

Dr Jan de Riek was appointed CIOPORA Co-Vice President at the latest meeting of the CIOPORA Board. The research group leader at ILVO, the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Belgium, Jan is a long-standing CIOPORA Board member. He is the Chairman and the brainpower behind the CIOPORA…

European Parliament passes plant patent motion

The European Parliament passed, in a near unanimous vote, a resolution calling for a quick end to patents on products obtained from essentially biological processes, such as crossing. Three Dutch MEPs, Jan Huitema (VVD), Annie Schreijer-Pierik (CDA) and Bert-Jan Ruissen (SGP) had a major role in shaping…

UK: New greenhouse ready for date palm tissue culture

When thinking of a greenhouse in the United Kingdom, the production of date palms probably doesn’t come to mind. However, this is what a new greenhouse in Glastonbury, built by Bridge Greenhouse, will be used for. Date Palm Developments produces high quality, virus-free date palms by tissue culture, which…

USDA announces Seeds for Sprouting Export Certification Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the launch of a new Seeds for Sprouting Export Certification Program, which provides European markets access to U.S.…

Peter Aarts, Groentekwekerij 't Bleekerven about Gotja:

"A variety that is that strong against mosaic virus and Mycos never seen before"

A grower can only really judge a variety very well at the end of the season. For Peter Aarts, owner and cultivation manager of Groentekwekerij 't Bleekerven, that end is mid-September for the cucumber cultivation. After that the autumn tomatoes are going into the greenhouse in Heusden in North Brabant,…

Vitroplant South Africa: invigoration of established biotechnology company

A strategic equity partnership between plant biotechnology company Vitroplant South Africa, based in Somerset West, and Vitroplant Italia, the South African ZZ2 group and Hishtil South Africa (part of Hishtil International) was announced earlier this week. Rijk Danckwerst remains managing director of…

NRGene joins Amazon Partner Network

NRGene, an artificial intelligence (AI), genomic solutions company, announced it has joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) as an Advanced Technology Partner.…

New cloning system allows development of transgene-free edited crops

Researchers from Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and Durham University in the UK developed a tried and tested cloning system for genome editing with a monitoring module that lights up when a transgene is detected. This new technique provides an option for researchers to have an efficient…

Industry challenges and future perspectives tackled by Chile's seed producers

Celebrating 60 years of ANPROS, seed producers and leaders focused on the current state of the industry, use of enhanced technological tools and the prevailing challenges of an economic activity that at its peak of exports created more than 70,000 jobs. ANPROS, the National Seed Producers Association of Chile,…

CGN adds new sources to the collection

Wageningen University's Center for Genetic Sources (CGN) frequently adds new material to its collections and new information to its publicly available data. Here's what's new! February 2019 – August 2019 Lettuce wild relatives from Azerbaijan and ArmeniaWild relatives of lettuce may be an important…

Pheno Geno Roses steps into creating rose oil

Edible roses success leads to new ventures for breeder

They've been working on putting it on the market for about 2 years now, and after their demonstrations at the IPM Essen last January, the interest in their varieties increased sharply. The products in question are the ‘really edible’ rose from rose breeder Pheno Geno, a Serbian-Dutch company. Their…

Happy thoughts: Horticulture helps combatting child labor

East-West Seed and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency are working together to combat child labor in India by helping kids get to school through a programme. They are connecting children to other children to give them partners on their way to school, and they are also contacting parents to help get the…

Consumers and farmers call for more sustainable food production in Europe

European consumers and farmers see sustainability as a top priority and are open to innovative technologies that could produce more nutritious food, new research has found. The Sustainable Food Systems in Europe study was commissioned by Corteva Agriscience and conducted by Financial Times Group company…

Avoa de Osedo tomatoes from the Spanish province of La Coruña, about to become an official variety

The traditional tomato variety Avoa de Osedo, grown in the town of Sada, in the Spanish province of La Coruña, could soon become an official variety registered by the…

starting a clean crop

September: Special Starting Material

Good quality starting material is very important in the horti- and floriculture sector. The quality of the crop is inextricably linked to the quality of the starting material that has been used. With viruse pressure getting higher and higher, this subject has become even more important.  Therefore, this month…


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