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Russia: ECO-culture planning to produce its own seeds

The Agro.ru website published an interview with Zhanna Jeronina, the Head of Marketing Department at ECO-culture. She reported about the achievements of the holding for the last year and what perspectives the company anticipates this year. The interview is preceded by background information that in 2019…

In Memoriam: James Lyons, Professor Emeritus, Vegetable Crops, UC Davis

James M. Lyons, UC Davis professor emeritus of Vegetable Crops and founding director of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, passed away Nov. 9, 2019. He was 90. Born and raised in Livermore, California, Jim Lyons earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics at UC Berkeley. After graduation,…

TomaTech appoints new CEO and president

TomaTech announces the appointment of Ofer Ben Zvi as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the appointment of Favi Vidavski, PhD, as its president and head of R&D. Mr. Ben Zvi served until recently as TomaTech V.P. of Sales & Marketing, having brought to the company his considerable 25-year…

Artificial light trial with Tomberry

In 2019, Eminent Seeds began an artificial light trial for the Tomberry at the World Horti Centre in Naaldwijk. The goal of this trial is to establish how the Tomberry reacts to artificial lighting and if it kept its quality constant under these circumstances for growers. Vlogger Linda visited the World…

Packing tomatoes in paper sleeves

Jasa intends to showcase no less than four packaging solutions during Fruit Logistica in Berlin: three Sleevers and the award-winning Bag-2-Paper™. The Jasa Sleever is an answer to the increasing demand for sustainable packaging. Jasa developed technology for the high-speed packaging of tomatoes and many…

Controlling basil downy mildew in the greenhouse

Basil downy mildew (BDM) can cause significant losses in the greenhouse. Once introduced into the greenhouse it can be very difficult to manage and eliminate. In the past few years, a vast amount of research has been done on understanding BDM biology and controlling it in the greenhouse using different…

Unica, CASI and Biosabor present the new Adora tasty tomato

Única Group, the Cooperativa Agrícola San Isidro (CASI) and Biosabor, three of the Spanish companies with the greatest presence in the fresh tomato segment, have presented a…

Bringing research and market together in new Syngenta demo greenhouse

Three weeks ago the new demo greenhouse of Syngenta was filled with plants. The 1.4 hectare greenhouse is now a place where the Syngenta tomato and pepper varieties are growing and can be shown to the customer in the same way as they would do in a normal greenhouse. "Growers are able to adopt everything…

Enza Zaden and Isolagrande

Italian Dutch collaboration in high-end tomatoes

Isolagrande is a vegetable production company that focuses on high-end tomatoes. They grow, select, pack and sell fresh produce. Their total production area is 65 ha. 45 ha of their own property. The other 20 ha are at selected growers who cultivate according to the company's specifications under the…

Wild tomatoes resist devastating bacterial canker

Many New York tomato growers are familiar with the scourge of bacterial canker – the wilted leaves and blistered fruit that can spoil an entire season’s planting. For those whose livelihoods depend on tomatoes, this pathogen – Clavibacter michiganensis – is economically devastating. Martha Sudermann,…

(R)evolution in plant breeding: new options for better photosynthesis

It seems so logical: each plant carries chloroplasts that contribute to the optimum growth and development of the plant. At least that is what has always been assumed. However, this has turned out to be false, as demonstrated by researchers at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in a scientific…

26 European business organisations ask the EU to submit a study on the status of novel genomic techniques

On 9 January, 26 European business organisations jointly signed a letter calling upon the European Commission and Member States to re-emphasize that products obtained by novel genomic techniques should not be subject to Directive 2001/18 requirements and related regulations if they could also have been obtained through…

Research efforts continue

Downy mildew resistant sweet basils available around the world

After a decade’s worth of research and breeding efforts Rutgers Downy Mildew Resistant (DMR) sweet basils are now available to commercial and organic growers as well as home gardeners around the world. Since 2007, when basil downy mildew (BDM) was first identified in FL, the disease has caused…

Characterizing the involvement of FaMADS9 in the regulation of strawberry fruit receptacle development

FaMADS9 is the strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) gene that exhibits the highest homology to the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) RIN gene. Transgenic lines were obtained in which FaMADS9 was silenced. The fruits of these lines did not show differences in basic parameters, such as fruit firmness or colour,…

SpinachBase: a central portal for spinach genomics

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) is a nutritious vegetable enriched with many essential minerals and vitamins. A reference spinach genome has been recently released, and additional spinach genomic resources are being rapidly developed. Therefore, there is an urgent need of a central database to store,…

contrary to popular belief

Breeding increased the diversity of cultivated tomatoes

It is generally believed that the domestication and breeding of plants has led to genetic erosion, including loss of nutritional value and resistances to diseases, especially in tomatoes. A group of researchers studied the diversity dynamics of greenhouse tomato varieties in NW Europe, especially The…

Research team traces evolution of the domesticated tomato

In a new paper, a team of evolutionary biologists and geneticists led by senior author associate professor Ana Caicedo, with first author Hamid Razifard at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and others, report that they have identified missing links in the tomato’s evolution from a wild…

Purple vegetable bowls at Fruit Logistica

During the Fruit Logistica 2020 in Berlin, Bejo presents contemporary, tasty and healthy Bejo vegi bowls. Delightful Purple Power bowls will be presented during the event. With matching varieties for every bowl of course: the Bejo tasty bowl contains Bejo's snack varieties in carrot, kohlrabi, radish,…

"Every popular salad mix possible with Rijk Zwaan's Knox introductions"

Good news for salad processors and convenience food suppliers: all popular salads are now possible to mix thanks to a broad assortment of Knox lettuce varieties. The vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is introducing a large number of new lettuce varieties with this innovative trait. Knox reduces pink…

Scientists develop CRISPR-based tissue-specific knockout system

Knocking out genes is a great way to learn what they do. After all, if you prevent a gene from doing its job and you notice changes, it’s very likely the gene has something to do with it. There is a caveat, though. Mutations in genes that are required for basic cellular functions and/or reproduction…

NatureFresh starts new Discovery Center trials

In 2020, NatureFresh Farms are officially entering their 5th regular season in the Discovery Center, which is their Leamington-based trial greenhouse. With over 275 trials to perform this upcoming season, the Discovery Center team is going to have their hands full with growing, testing, and tasting new…

Uzbeki growers attend Cucumber and Tomato Field Day

The Sakata team welcomed more than 55 visitors from the Buhara, Navoi and Horezm regions to present the new Beit Alpha cucumber and pink indeterminate tomatoes for the hot to cold season in the region. The field day took place December 23 in the Buhara region, one of the key areas for Beit Alpha cucumber…

US (NY): A new tomato ideal for urban gardens and even outer space

Farmers could soon be growing tomatoes bunched like grapes in a storage unit, on the roof of a skyscraper, or even in space. That’s if a clutch of new gene-edited crops prove as fruitful as the first batch. The primary goal of this new research is to engineer a wider variety of crops that can be grown in…

Plant breeding is the answer to the growing global need for food

As a result of the growing global population the demand for food is increasing. At the same time available agricultural land for food production is decreasing. “Making use of better varieties and better cultivation methods so that each hectare of land produces more food will provide us with the ability…

Ban on genetically modified crops to be lifted in South Australia

The South Australian Government will let mainland farmers grow genetically modified (GM) crops from the start of 2020, sidestepping State Parliament which has twice blocked…

New methods promise to speed up development of new plant varieties

A University of Minnesota research team recently developed new methods that will make it significantly faster to produce gene-edited plants. They hope to alleviate a long-standing bottleneck in gene editing and, in the process, make it easier and faster to develop and test new crop varieties with two new…

Genetic transformation and siRNA-mediated gene silencing for aphid resistance in tomato

Researchers explored the ability of RNA interference (RNAi) to silence the Acetylcholinesterase 1 (Ace 1) gene in aphid Myzus persicae and developed transgenic tomato plants resistant to aphid infestation. Three plasmid constructs, T-449: a single Ace 1 fragment (forward orientation), T-452: two Ace 1…

This is the 2019 "Better Seed, Better Life" winner

For the second year in a row, Kevin Falk, Iowa State University, is the grand prize winner of the Better Seed, Better Life Student Video Contest. Falk was honored this morning during the Opening General Session of ASTA’s CSS & Seed Expo 2019 in Chicago The Better Seed, Better Life Student Video Contest is…

The wild relatives of major vegetables, needed for climate resilience, are in danger

Growing up in the wild makes plants tough. Wild plants evolve to survive the whims of nature and thrive in difficult conditions, including extreme climate conditions, poor soils, and pests and disease. Their better-known descendants—the domesticated plants that are critical to a healthy diet—are often…

US (NC): USDA grant awarded to NCSU for berry research

With rapid shifts in the blueberry and cranberry industries calling for higher fruit quality, researchers at North Carolina State University have received funding for a project led by Massimo Iorizzo at the university's new Plants for Human Health Institute.  The Vaccinium Coordinate Agricultural Project (VacCAP)…

Optimal LED wavelength composition for the production of high-quality watermelon and interspecific squash seedlings used for grafting

Watermelon is cultivated worldwide and is mainly grafted onto interspecific squash rootstocks. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can be implemented as light sources during indoor production of both species and their spectral quality is of great importance. Researchers conducted a study to determine the…

US: A new ARS strawberry variety: 'Keepsake'

A new strawberry cultivar, Keepsake, was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 'Keepsake' is a midseason, spring-bearing, or short-day strawberry (Fragaria xananassa Duch ex Rozier). The new strawberry is the first resulting from an increased effort by the USDA Agricultural Research…

University of Cordoba – partnered with USDA

New gene identified for strawberry fruiting times

The world market for strawberries, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, exceeded 9 mln tons in 2016. According to the latest report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Spain is the top producer of this food within the European Union, while China and the US are the largest producers…

Advent calendar informs the public about genome editing

CRISPR/Cas is one of several genome editing techniques that can be used to specifically induce changes in the genome of plants. For years, there has been an intense debate as to whether the use of genome editing is a curse or a blessing for agriculture. Some see genome editing as an important tool to…

Australia: Courts flex new muscle to protect plant breeders' intellectual property

A few weeks ago, the Federal Court of Australia ordered a farmer in New South Wales to pay A$290,000 to a blueberry-producing company because he had grown and sold a proprietary variety of the fruit without permission. At issue in the blueberry case were questions of intellectual property. Who owns the…

Atakama RZ

Rijk Zwaan presents its new plum tomato for producers in Almeria

The Dutch multinational Rijk Zwaan, devoted to obtaining and selling seeds, is working to obtain the best varieties for producers in Almeria at its research center located in La Cañada, El Ejido, where it has facilities equipped with molecular biology and pathology laboratories and an improvement center.…

Hazera expands tomato collection

"New tomato varieties offer features for growers and consumers"

Hazera has already a long history in Tomato breeding. In 2011 Hazera decided to invest in High Tech breeding, especially for tomatoes grown in glasshouses. Combining the right genetics gave varieties which can compete with the standards in the market today. Tomatoes Amastera and Rotera are now tested…

"Why CRISPR is so incredibly necessary"

Cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum) is a tough nut to crack in terms of plant breeding. It is a tetraploid crop, which means it has four sets of chromosomes and it is largely a heterozygous crop, which makes potato research and breeding through traditional crossbreeding a huge challenge. But help is on…

CIOPORA on a PBR mission in Mexico

In anticipation of the PBR Law review by Mexico and its potential accession to the UPOV 1991 Act, CIOPORA legal counsel Micaela Filippo visited the country to raise awareness…

Taiwan and Thailand sign agreement deal on agricultural cooperation

A Taiwanese university inked a cooperative deal with a Thai farm located near Bangkok on Sunday, inaugurating a new time for agricultural cooperation between the two countries. For the initial phase of this cooperation, National Chung Hsing University’s Global Research & Industry Alliance (GRIA) will…

A European citizens’ initiative on plant breeding innovation

Grow Scientific Progress is a citizens’ initiative looking for the EU to focus on sustainability, safety and responsible innovation when it comes to new plant breeding techniques. They are composed of a group of young Master’s students from eight EU member states who met during their studies at…

Regulator of plant immunity tagged

A new actor in the immune system of plants has been identified. KAUST scientists have identified the protein MAP4K4 is needed to mount proper defenses against environmental pathogens. The discovery helps explain the tight control of immune signaling in plants and reveals targets in a molecular pathway…

The search for tastier grocery store tomatoes is closing in

“After World War II, breeders really intensively focused on improving varieties, increasing yield, getting disease resistance. Flavor has been neglected and it’s deteriorated dramatically,” in the words of Harry Klee, professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida. But that's changing.…

The benefits of merging the Belgian seed associations

Between the world wars, the Belgian seed sector had many associations, each with a well-defined specialty. The importers of fodder seeds were members of IMZA; the traders in…

IFAPA presents the latest research on strawberry varieties

This Wednesday, Cuna de Platero hosted the technical day 'Presentation of the New Transfer and Research Projects on the Cultivation of Strawberries and other Red Fruits', organized by the Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training of the Government of Andalusia (IFAPA). IFAPA carried…

US: Research award will focus on helping organic tomato growers better manage diseases

Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T University, Oregon State University, and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) are pleased to be among the recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture…

Next years varieties presented on House Fair

On November 13th, Enza Zaden Spain shared a space for discussions, inspiration and debate in order to discover the latest opportunities within the sector. On that day, many new methods and directions led to the same goal: adding value and differentiation in a market which is becoming more and more…

CAN (ON): Grant awarded for research into understanding gene silencing in plants

A research partnership involving PlantForm Corporation and a University of Guelph scientist has been awarded an Engage Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The $25,000 Engage Grant will advance research by Dr. Joseph Colasanti on understanding gene silencing…

"Ontario-bred tomatoes will benefit growers and consumers"

“There is room for improvement when it comes to yield in Ontario greenhouse tomato production. A lot has been done on the technical side, but on the genetic side Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is proving that the region can also benefit from new varieties," according to Peter van Duin…

Cornell AgriTech:

"Tomato medleys are becoming popular"

Fresh from Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, the newest grape tomato – Moonbeam – has joined a constellation of small heirloom-style tomatoes in the 2020 High Mowing Organic Seeds catalog, released Nov. 1.  Tomato medleys – or variety packs – are becoming popular. A decade ago, attractive small tomato…

University of California - Davis

Five new strawberry varieties released University breeders

The five new strawberry varieties released by plant breeders at the University of California, Davis, recently may offer consumers new choices, but they have to meet the…

US (VA): New organic cucumber varieties show promise in disease resistance

In 2018, OFRF provided a grant to Edmund Frost of Common Wealth Seed Growers to assess resistance to both Bacterial Wilt and Cucurbit Downy Mildew among selected cucumber and muskmelon seedstocks. The project is aimed at helping organic farmers throughout the Eastern U.S., where those diseases pose a…

National Biotechnology Development Agency

Nigerian scientists develop GM tomatoes to combat post-harvest losses

The Acting Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Professor Alex Akpa has said that research was ongoing by scientists to develop a Genetically…

Dutch blueberry producer adds three license varieties

In 2017, Fairplant from Emmeloord – The Netherlands started producing blueberry plants in-house. Fairplant has recently been able to add three license varieties to the range, namely Draper, Liberty and Aurora. Michigan State University (MSU) has granted Fairplant the licenses. Sales manager Rik Klein explains:…

Chinese researchers develop purple tomato rich in anthocyanins

A group of researchers from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a genetically-modified purple tomato that is…

Florida-Beauty strawberries currently being tested in Metaponto

"This year, our experiment with the early strawberry variety Florida-Beauty started in the Metaponto area as well. It is a cultivar selected by the University of Florida for which Viveros California, i.e. one of the leading Spanish nurseries on the European continent, holds the multiplication licence,"…

Accelerating breeding for heat tolerance in tomato

Heat stress is a major limiting factor for crop productivity. Tomato is highly sensitive to heat stress, which can result in a total yield loss. To adapt to current and future…

UK: Ambitious project launched to map genomes of all life in British Isles

An unprecedented insight into the diverse range of species on the British Isles will be made possible by Wellcome funding to the Darwin Tree of Life project. The £9.4m funding will support a collaboration of ten research institutes, museums and associated organisations to launch the first phase of…

World's first true red spinach variety released

USDA Red, the world's first true red spinach variety has been developed and released by the Agricultural Research Service. Spinach has always been known as a green leafy…

Egypt accedes to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

Egypt deposited its instrument of accession to the UPOV Convention on November 1, 2019, and will become the seventy-sixth member of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) on December 1, 2019. The purpose of UPOV is to provide and promote an effective system of plant…

Targeting hunger with nuclear techniques

Innovations in plant breeding are speeding up the rate that better crop varieties can be developed to reduce global hunger. This video shows how nuclear scientists are using genetic markers to find out if a crop variety has desired traits like resistance to disease or tolerance to drought. Source: IAEA

Syngenta presents Yoom, the new "umami" tomato

Syngenta, the biotechnology company specialized in seed production and crop protection, has launched the Yoom tomato; a new product with umami flavor, the so-called "fifth…


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