Breeding

Study on strawberry variety evaluations in different production systems

This past season, seven short-day varieties, Camino Real, Chandler, Flavorfest, Keepsake, Merced, Rocco, and Ruby June and three, day-neutral varieties- Albion, San Andreas…

ToBRFV resistant variety gives hope to Israeli tomato growers

“Over recent years, I and my fellow growers have felt helpless when faced with a virus that reduced yields by 50%. We were forced to destroy enormous quantities of tomatoes and some have even moved over to growing different crops." Speaking is Idan Alon, a tomato grower in the Northwest Negev Region in…

Texas strawberry research receives specialty crops grant

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has received their second Texas Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant for an “Increasing Texas Strawberry Profitability” project. The project is a statewide collaboration lead by AgriLife Extension’s Russ Wallace, Ph.D., horticulturist, Lubbock.…

Bushel and Berry introduce three new strawberry plants

Bushel and Berry®, the collection of homegrown berries from Star Roses and Plants, announces the introduction of three new strawberry plants for 2021. These ornamental, everbearing strawberries are the first non-blueberry additions to the collection since the Baby Cakes blackberry plant was introduced in…

Israel: Strawberry season offers new tastes

There are about 12 different strawberries varieties grown in Israel. Varying in levels of sweetness and moisture. "Today there are varieties that are much sweeter, varieties…

Ahern Agribusiness

US: Seed distribution company announces new ownership

Ahern Agribusiness, a vegetable seed distribution company, announced that it has been acquired by an investment group led by Tene Investment Funds, an Israeli growth-focused…

Tomato receives seal of approval "Taste of the year"

Spanish consumer award for Sweet Palermo... again

For the second year in a row, Spanish consumers have awarded Sweet Palermo, the dulce Italiano of Rijk Zwaan, with the "Taste of the Year" seal of approval. After putting forward only the red variety of Sweet Palermo as a contender for the award in 2020, for 2021 Rijk Zwaan submitted the entire range:…

"Calinda is no ordinary organic strawberry"

New in Eosta's product range are the organic Club Variety Calinda Strawberries. Not an ordinary organic strawberry according to Eosta, but a "premium club variety that not everyone can feed". "It's a protected variet…

Genetic marker for late blight expedites breeding

As the global population approaches 10 billion by 2050, agricultural production will need to increase by 60%. Yet with every 1°C of warming, agricultural productivity is projected to fall by 5%. One model predicts that potato yields could decrease by as much as 32% by 2060, but the development and…

De Ruiter launches Vertuo (DRCE9613), designed for French customers

"Open plant architecture makes new cucumber variety labour friendly"

The new commercial cucumber variety of De Ruiter is called Vertuo. "Vertuo (DRCE9613) was first screened in 2018 at different locations in France. In 2019 and 2020, we continued our vigorous testing at more locations in bigger plots to see how it performed under real, growers’ conditions," the team says.…

A CRISPR picture emerges on European Union GMO directive

A European Court ruling widely interpreted to mean that all gene-edited organisms are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) may not be as prescriptive as many first assumed. In the ruling of July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that organisms obtained by newer methods of…

Covid has made people see how the food system is dominated by large corporations, say campaigners

Seed saving movement calls for seeds to be publicly owned

Seeds need to be brought back into public ownership, rather than belonging to a small group of agrochemical companies, say campaigners, after a year in which seed-swapping and saving has reached new heights of popularity. From March onwards, when the pandemic hit the UK, seed producers and seed banks…

US scientists working to build better peppers

Greenhouse growers deal with plenty of pests, and it’s the ones below ground, like root-knot nematodes, that can be especially frustrating. More greenhouse pepper growers are looking for non-chemical ways to control these microscopic, parasitic worms. In the search to find ways to make bell pepper…

Two pot basils resistant to downy-mildew developed

After years of research and development, and close cooperation with Genesis Seeds and Bar Illan University, company Fenix has brought into the market the world’s first two downy-mildew resistant hybrids specifically designed for pots production: BASILIO F1 and GERVASO F1 (from the Prospera® genetic…

Zimbabwe's largest seed company optimistic on business activity after COVID

Zimbabwe’s largest seed company Seed Co is optimistic that business activity in its regional operations will pick up, buoyed by food security programmes across the continent. The outbreak of coronavirus pandemic has increased food vulnerability for many countries across the world especially in developing…

CRISPR picture emerges on European Union GMO directive

A European Court ruling widely interpreted to mean that all gene-edited organisms are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) may not be as prescriptive as many first assumed. In the ruling of July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that organisms obtained by newer methods of…

Minimizing crop loss and reducing financial impact of disease on cucumbers

Plant diseases are among the most serious challenges that growers face during the crop production crop cultivation process. This problem may be caused by one or more biological agents, such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi. In order to prevent or minimize crop loss and the financial impact caused by…

Purple bell peppers new eye-catcher for US grower

Ark Foods has set out to challenge what grocery shoppers think when they hear “Bell Peppers.” Customers who reach for the popular red, yellow, and green varieties in their produce aisle have a new eye-catching, farmers market version to love: the Purple Bell Pepper. Grown originally for Whole Foods…

Azura Group

Azura Group puts 100% CO₂-neutrality on tomato packaging

By the end of 2020, the tomato production of ‘farm to fork’ by the Azura Group will be one hundred percent CO₂-neutral. According to the family-run French-Moroccan company, one of the main players in vegetable- and fruit production, their company will be the first in the world to produce with one hundred…

Cleverson Matiolli

Plants have a body clock as well research shows

This research highlights a single letter change in their DNA code can potentially decide whether a plant is a lark or a night owl. The findings may help farmers and crop breeders to select plants with clocks that are best suited to their location, helping to boost yield and even the ability to withstand…

'Melting tomato' wins award for taste and concept

The specialty tomato Nippo, developed by Semillas Fitó, has won an award for its taste and texture. "It's a new concept of a melting tomato, which did not exist until now and which is being recommended by some of the best chefs today," the judges said.  The award is the prestigious “Talent Cambra” award, granted…

and expand in China

Bayer expands Better Life Farming Alliance to Bangladesh and Indonesia

Through the expansion of the Better Life Farming Alliance to Bangladesh and Indonesia, Bayer and its partners will provide more smallholders with better access to innovative and sustainable agricultural solutions, and increased farm incomes. In 2021, the “Better Farms, Better Lives” initiative will…

Seed longevity: How long do the seeds survive under appropriate storage conditions?

The Genebank Project is a national project of Japan operated by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) since 1985. The NARO Genebank is responsible for the conservation of plant genetic resources to provide materials for both scientific research and plant breeding to improve food…

East-West Seed Announces Leadership Change

Bert van der Feltz will step down as president and CEO of East-West Seed. Van der Feltz will be succeeded by Douwe Zijp – currently Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the company.  Ard Groot, Chairman of the Supervisory Board: "Bert has dedicated 20 years to the company, of which 5 years as CEO and President…

Japanese breeders launch genome edited tomato

"We hope that our products will be useful for your health"

A tomato made with CRISPR/Cas9 has been approved for growing and consumption in Japan. The tomato "Sicilian Rouge High GABA” was developed by the University of Tsukuba and startup Sanatech Seed. Thanks to a tweaking of the genes, the variety features five times the normal amount of GABA…

Pepper Joe’s in Urbana’s Clickstop complex

US (MA): Pepper seed breeder expands with a new greenhouse

Pepper Joe’s in Urbana’s Clickstop complex is expanding its production with a new greenhouse and plans to have it completed by mid-March of 2021. “Despite the state the country and the world is in, there’s been an uptick in gardening with an estimated 20 million new gardeners this year,” Keaton…

small-scale tomato growers

Blocking light for postgrafting healing researched

The use of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) grafting is gaining traction across the United States, but small-scale growers face the challenge of creating optimum postgrafting healing conditions. The practice of blocking light for a period of 2 to 4 days while maintaining high humidity is commonly…

CPVO releases new version of Variety Finder

The CPVO has released an improved version of its Variety Finder database on 10 December 2020. The Variety Finder database, managed and kept up to date by the CPVO, contains information from 147 registers from 70 countries with a general search tool. It also includes a similarity search tool to test the…

Incotec wins India Seed Award 2020

Incotec is proud to announce that, after being shortlisted in the category Research, Innovation and Technology Development, Incotec India has been chosen as winner of the first ever “India Seed Awards - 2020” organised by the Agriculture Today Group. Manish Patel, Executive Director Incotec India: “These…

Special May: New varieties & expansion plans

Covid still ruled many headlines in May, but also other news popped up. Soft fruit has been on the rise for many years by now and the cultivation techniques are improving day by day. Also new tomato varieties keep appearing - but how to select what's best for you? In May we helped you with these…

The state of plant breeding in a pandemic

The new plant pipeline remains unclogged, despite a few hiccups triggered by COVID-19. Plant breeders have adapted quickly to their new work environments by employing multiple strategies such as videos, photos, FaceTime, and more to keep the plant selection process moving. While uncertainty surrounds…

SpaceX

Taiwan sends plant seeds into space

A cargo capsule carrying seeds from four plant species provided by Taiwan is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) after launching from the U.S. state of Florida on Sunday (Dec. 6). The seeds were among supplies transported by SpaceX using its newly upgraded Dragon spacecraft. They were…

BASF introduces ToBRFV intermediate resistant tomato variety in Mexico

For the new season in Mexico, BASF are introducing their first tomato variety with intermediate resistance against Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). The new hybrid is a cherry plum tomato variety and combines intermediate resistance with strong agronomic and market performance. “The new variety has…

Johnny’s Selected Seeds welcomes new VP of R&D, Kevin L Cook, PhD

Johnny’s Selected Seeds announces the promotion of Kevin L. Cook, PhD to the position of Vice President of Research & Development. In his new role, Dr. Cook will be leading Johnny’s product innovation and will oversee product selection and trialing, breeding, seed production, and quality assurance. Dr.…

University of Tsukuba

Tweaking carotenoid genes helps tomatoes bring their A-game

Cooked, fresh, sun-dried, or juiced, whichever way you prefer them, tomatoes are arguably one of the most versatile fruits on the planet—and yes, despite mainly being used in savory dishes, tomatoes really are a fruit. The popularity of tomatoes has led to the development of more than 10,000 cultivars of…

"Tomato’s wild ancestor is a genomic reservoir for plant breeders"

Thousands of years ago, people in South America began domesticating Solanum pimpinellifolium, a weedy plant with small, intensely flavored fruit. Over time, the plant evolved into S. lycopersicum – the modern cultivated tomato. Although today’s tomatoes are larger and easier to farm compared with their…

Special Year Overview: all major happenings in a row

December is here! As the final month of the year has started, you might feel happy that the end of 2020 is in sight. Well, not for us and nor is it on HortiDaily. Being in…

Managing cucurbit diseases with research, outreach

Rebecca Grumet has dedicated her career to assisting specialty crop growers as an expert in reproductive development and disease resistance in cucurbit crops such as cucumbers, melons, squash and watermelons. MSU researcher Rebecca Grumet (left) with a student in the lab. Michigan agriculture boasts more…

Syngenta to introduce

Commercial tomato variety with ToBRFV resistance to be offered in early 2021

Syngenta Vegetable Seeds announced this week the launch of its first commercial Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) resistant variety, available in early 2021. The new variety will be released in areas where growers face severe disease pressure from the virus and will support against crop losses.   “The Syngenta Vegetables…

Webinar “Breeding for sustainability?”

Do plant breeding objectives in public and private research correspond to the EU’s Green Deal and Farm-to-Fork Strategy?Innovative plant breeding technologies and products may help to speed up the introduction of traits that support and increase sustainability of the agri-food chain. Clearly, this also…

EU Commission Includes CPVR into IP Action Plan

The EU Commission has included the revision of the Community Plant Variety Right (CPVR) Regulation 2100/94 into the IP Action Plan, published on November 25. By doing so, the…

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Value of breeding programme research discussed with Dutch king

Wageningen University & Research researcher Mirte Bosse talked to King Willem-Alexander about the significance of scientific research in breeding programmes for endangered species. The discussion took place by invitation of Blijdorp Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) during the king’s visit on Monday 23 November.…

Japanese ag-tech giant in the making

Japan: Mitsui invests in Dutch breeding company Totam

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. has reached an agreement to take a 75% stake in Totam Seeds B.V. and signed a share purchase agreement on November 25, 2020. Totam originates from Prominent, the largest tomato growers' association in the Netherlands and is an innovative seed company based in the Netherlands, active in…

CN Seeds Ltd embark on a new research project to find alternatives to replace chemical seed treatments

Pioneering UK breeding company CN Seeds have signed a collaborative agreement with the Plant Sciences Group at Wageningen University & Research forming a new group with other companies and researchers to identify and develop alternatives to chemical pesticides which have been traditionally used for seed…

New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants

Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have discovered a way to…

Sander Meertins

Scientists create first global map on bee distribution

In a first, scientists have created a global distribution map for bees, analysing nearly 6 million public records of where individual species have appeared around the world.…

Improved raspberry varieties for Moroccan and Tunisian Producers

Global Plant Genetics is excited to announce that it recently extended its raspberry representation contract with James Hutton Ltd. This means that the company is now able to exclusively offer three new raspberry varieties to growers based in Morocco and Tunisia. These include the two primocane varieties…

the new Fresno chili pepper of Eminent Seeds

"Upright and uniform fruits are easier to harvest"

Eminent Seeds is marketing a new and improved version of the Fresno. "The chilli pepper has proven its worth at a number of tastings both in the Netherlands and abroad and leaves the competition well behind in several areas," says Niels Koolstra, sales manager with Eminent. "We are seeing growing numbers…

Vilmorin-Mikado on their leafy range adapted to hydroponic cultivation

"More companies are looking for products dedicated to hydroponics"

With hydroponics and vertical farming gaining popularity around the world, growers are increasingly interested in finding crop varieties with a proven track record in controlled environment system. To meet this, Vilmorin-Mikado has positioned itself as a leader in plant breeding and the provision of…

market analyst Hans Verwegen, Enza Zaden:

The impact of the coronavirus on society, consumption, sales channels and supply chain

“The coronavirus is a disruptive phenomenon,” says market analyst Hans Verwegen. “Trends that were always perceived as relatively stable have been or are being broken. We need to get used to a new reality which is slowly but surely taking shape.” How does he see the impact of the coronavirus on society,…

Tomato breeder Ben Silvertand makes an impression on popular Youtube channel

Influencers are what it's all about in consumer marketing nowadays and also the team with BASF has heard this message. That's why BASF has teamed up with SORTEDfood, a UK-based YouTube cooking channel and global online community of food lovers. Set up in 2010 by school friends, SORTEDfood now unites over…

Happy hour: the rise of the cocktail tomato

When thinking of 2020, cocktails may not be the first thing to come to your mind. Still it’s cocktail’o clock at the moment – cocktail tomatoes that is. Even though the European tomato prices in the traditional season have been unfavorable, the cocktail segment has been a positive exception. Is it an…

Australia and New Zealand offer big opportunities for world’s smallest tomato

It's the size of a blueberry but it is bright red and shiny - like a tomato. And indeed - it is a tomato that Ben Meadows is holding in his hand. It's the Tomberry, a Dutch innovation that he brought to Australia in conjunction with our specialist plant propagation nursery partner Trandos Hydroponics,…

DNA sequence data of 445 SSD lines of lettuce available

In cooperation with the Beijing Genomics Institute, CGN’s Lactuca collection is being sequenced. Sequence data of 445 single seed descent (SSD) lines are now publicly available through the database of the China National Gene Bank and more data are underway. Since 2018, CGN is involved in a cooperation…

Remarkable broad line deep red tomatoes Axia is ready for the market

In recent years there has been a development in tomato breeding, in which breeders want to add some 'old-fashioned' full tomato taste to the new varieties. At Axia Vegetable Seeds, they aim for tasty, deep-red fruits with dark red flesh and characteristic green internal gel. A complete productline, of 35 gram to around 180 gram is now ready for introduction, according to Will…

green, hairy fruit brings ToBRFV resistance to tomato industry

“We can eradicate ToBRFV from the tomato industry with our newly found resistance”

It’s a small, green, hairy tomato growing on a wild tomato plant. To be honest, it doesn’t look too impressive and you might easily overlook it. Yet still, this is the tomato plant that could change the whole tomato world and save the industry. In this tomato, researchers of Enza Zaden discovered a gene…

New understanding of circadian rhythms could be key to better crops

Biological clock and extra gene pairs control important plant functions

The biological clock of a popular food crop controls close to three-quarters of its genes, according to research from Dartmouth College. The genetic research shows how the crop uses internal responses to the day-night cycle--known as circadian rhythms--to regulate processes such as reproduction,…

Report: Genome Editing for Crop Improvement

The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) published a report on its latest Symposium titled “Genome Editing for Crop Improvement”, which…

Cleaning the crop...

Crop rotation at Westlandpeppers: 'Scrabble words' come to live

Crop rotation is in full swing at Westlandpeppers, grower of bell peppers, chili peppers, and nowadays also herbs. They have been busy clearing out the greenhouses in De Lier these last weeks, and the greenhouse in 's-Gravenzande will follow next week. Chili peppers and mini bell peppers are annual plants.…

Innovature

Innovature asks a scientist:

Is plant breeding safe?

The process of selecting superior performing plants for food, feed and fiber products dates back more than 10,000 years and has been substantially refined in the last century. While the perceived risks posed by genetically engineered crops has been extensively addressed, the existing levels of naturally occurring plant toxins…

Robert Davies | Dreamstime.com

Chromosome manipulation for plant breeding purposes

The transfer of genetic variability from related species into crops has been a main objective for decades in breeding programs. Breeders have used interspecific genetic crosses and alien introgression lines to achieve this goal, but the success is always dependent on the interspecific chromosome…

University of Florida

US (FL): Sensory lab helps breeders know which fruits, veggies taste, smell best

Not long ago, about 200 consumer panelists went to the University of Florida Sensory Testing Lab to taste a new blueberry developed by UF/IFAS scientists. Turns out, they liked the flavor of the ‘Sentinel’ blueberry, said its breeder, Patricio Muñoz. The Sensory Testing Lab sits rather inconspicuously in…

BASF to acquire innovative melon breeding company ASL

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 BASF has formally agreed to acquire ASL, a melon breeding company, to continue expanding its position as a partner in the fruit and vegetable value chain. The transaction with the privately-owned French company based near Avignon, covers all assets, including seed…

WIPO\BERROD

Daren Tang appointed as new UPOV Secretary-General

On October 25, 2020, the Council appointed Mr. Daren Tang as the Secretary-General of UPOV for the period from October 30, 2020, to September 30, 2026, in a procedure by correspondence. In an intervention made by Mr. Tang, at the opening of the Council of UPOV, held by virtual means on October 30, 2020,…


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