Breeding

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…

Excitement builds as UC Davis strawberry trials planted in EU

Excitement was created in May after selected nurseries and growers were invited to California on a visit organised by Global Plant Genetics to see the new selections of strawberries for the first time. Trials of the short day and day neutral strawberry selections are now being established throughout…

HandPicked Vegetables

New microsite targets vegetable growers and fresh market farmers

PanAmerican Seed announces the launch of a new micro-website devoted to its HandPicked Vegetables -- a collection of high-quality vegetables and herbs bred especially for those who supply fresh market farmers and home gardeners. The new handpickedveg.com offers product information and resources to meet…

Wageningen University & Research & Solynta:

Complex potato genome further unveiled

Scientists from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and inventor of hybrid potato breeding Solynta have published the most complete genome sequence for potatoes to date. A unique aspect is that both sequence and plant material are made available for research (under specific conditions). This may in…

Nunhems introduces the UpStage cucumber variety for non-lighted high-wire crops

"Variety for spring cultivation does well under changing circumstances"

After successful trials last year, Nunhems will introduce the UpStage variety to the market for the 2020 spring crop. "It is a powerful variety from start to finish," says Rens Muusers, Sales Specialist at Nunhems, about UpStage*. Supplemented by Peter van Ninhuys, cultivation manager at Van Lipzig…

Rijk Zwaan receives the Accelera award for its new product Spicy Sparkle

The Fruit Attraction organization has awarded the Accelera prize in the Fresh Produce category to the breeder Rijk Zwaan for its Spicy Sparkle, one of the most important new…

New products and new faces for Yuksel

Following their news on the new breeding center in Almeria, seed breeder Yuksel of course could not be missed at the Fruit Attraction, that was organized this week. At the show, the breeding company showed new products and introduced their new marketing & international key account manager Fabio Coullet.  Fabio…

Researchers discover the ‘KARAPPO’ gene

How plants reproduce through cloning

The mechanism by which liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) asexually reproduces via the development of clonal progenies (gemmae) has been revealed by a cross-institutional research group. They discovered the gene ‘KARAPPO’, which is essential for initiating gemma development in liverwort. These findings…

"Jointless tomato has the potential to boost production"

The first jointless tomato variety has been announced in the Rijk Zwaan range. Last year, Santiana RZ was trialled on a small scale for the first time. This variety proved to be a nice open crop, making it easy to work with. Santiana produced a high fruit weight which it maintained all the way through to…

How this guy made the world's hottest peppers

PuckerButt Pepper Company founder Ed Currie is on a mission to create the world's hottest peppers. Ed is the evil genius who brought the world the Carolina Reaper, one of the hottest hot peppers in existence; but he's not stopping there.

"Breeding of organic varieties is driven by market needs"

The organic vegetable market continues to show robust growth worldwide. Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is responding to that growth with new disease-resistant varieties that offer harvest reliability. Lettuce breeder Johan Schut: “We listen closely to the entire fresh produce chain’s needs, and…

Relive the World Food Prize award ceremony

The 2019 World Food Prize was awarded to Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands for his transformative role in empowering millions of smallholder farmers to earn greater incomes through enhanced vegetable production, benefitting hundreds of millions of consumers with greater access to nutritious vegetables…

James Hutton Limited and Global Plant Genetics

New raspberry varieties on display

James Hutton Limited and Global Plant Genetics (GPG) recently showcased a range of new raspberry varieties from the James Hutton breeding programme. The fruit varieties are due to be commercialised in the near future. The varieties on show included two new primocane varieties (coded P4 and P5). In a…

Incotec presents Xray neXt for tomato

Germination potential of tomato seed even further boosted with X-ray technology

At the end of September seed enhancement company Incotec launched a new, innovative technology for the improvement of tomato seed: the X-ray neXt tomato. The introduction took place at the Seed meets Technology trade fair in Zwaagdijk. By applying deep learning, Incotec has succeeded in further improving…

Various ways of growing in new Yüksel centre in Almeria, Spain

On a plot of 5.5 hectares in Almeria, the team with Yuksel Seed recently opened up their new breeding and demonstration station. Crops will be grown hydroponically and in soil to show their various options for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants.  Global presenceYuksel is the largest seed breeder that is…

Dutch Royal family discuss farming in India with East-West Seed

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands are visiting the Republic of India at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. On October 15, the King and Queen visited the DST-CII India Netherlands Technology Summit 2019 organised in New Delhi. Dilip Rajan, Managing…

US: Promising new varieties expected to help growers meet market needs

The Syngenta Vegetable Seeds Americas Tour stopped at several research stations across the nation this summer. Each event highlighted crop species from the Syngenta portfolio and featured new commercially available varieties as well as experimental material coming soon. The Americas Tour began in Woodland,…

US (IL): Greenhouse to help researchers with gene editing

Researchers hope to speed up gene editing in crops at a new greenhouse being built at the University of Illinois Research Park. They could eventually grow corn in the…

Bejo Open Days:

Exploring seed, from seed to seedling

Bejo once again continued its tradition of holding a technical seminar to coincide with its Open Days at Warmenhuizen at the end of September. However, this year the topic was slightly different: Exploring seed, from seed to seedling! As Christine Jong, Bejo’s Area Business Manager for Western Europe…

New tomato greenhouse for Syngenta in the Netherlands

"Growers will be able to adopt everything they see here just as it is in their own greenhouse"

Since mid 2018, Arjan Bassie, Remco Roeland, Arthur van Marrewijk, Rik Lootens and Marie Legendre have been approaching every detail from various perspectives, intending to ensure that Syngenta will have a state-of-the-art greenhouse for the Tomato product group by 2020. 'We were actually quite satisfied…

LIVESEED cross-visit to the Netherlands

Production of organic seeds: a business case

The 3rd LIVESEED cross-visit focused on organic seed production of vegetable crops and potatoes. From 30 September to 3 October 2019, a multi-actor expert team, consisting of farmers, breeders, seed producers, researchers, and trainers participated from across Europe, especially from countries where…

Identification and functional prediction of drought-responsive long non-coding RNA in tomato

In higher plants, several lines of evidence suggest that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) may play important roles in the regulation of various biological processes by…

"Plant breeding and crop improvement are crucial for all European citizens"

Euroseeds is supportive of the citizens' initiative of Wageningen University students who founded the Group “Grow Scientific Progress: crops matter!” and ask the European Union to change its GMO legislation in view of targeted mutagenesis breeding. "We share the conviction that plant breeding and crop…

Salk scientists use machine-learning algorithms to help automate plant studies

Machine learning helps plant science turn over a new leaf

Father of genetics Gregor Mendel spent years tediously observing and measuring pea plant traits by hand in the 1800s to uncover the basics of genetic inheritance. Today, botanists can track the traits, or phenotypes, of hundreds or thousands of plants much more quickly, with automated camera systems.…

Belgium: CRISPR-based tissue-specific knockout system to help generation of specific plant mutations

A team from the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, led by Drs. Thomas Jacobs, Moritz Nowack, and Tom Beeckman has devised a CRISPR-based tissue-specific knockout system, CRISPR-TSKO. This system enables the generation of specific mutations in particular plant cell types, tissues, and organs. The…

“Vine-ripened round tomato changes North American tomato industry”

“We believe we have developed a field-tomato variety that changes the industry,” says Bryan Zingel with Sakata Seed America. “In terms of quality, the domestic market doesn’t really have anything like this,” he added. Zingel talks with passion about the company’s new Villa tomato that symbolizes high…

Full and innovative baby leaf range supplied by the Italian Maraldi

Maraldi Sementi, an Italian company devoted to the genetic improvement, production and sale of vegetable seeds for the professional baby leaf and onion market, is launching its new range of baby leaf varieties. Lettuce: many varieties, a unique resistanceThe company is proud to confirm that its lettuce varieties…

Australian breeder develops cucumber to withstand extreme temperatures

Last summer was exceptionally hot, which can cause fruit abortion and heat stress on crops. This made the season difficult for many Australian cucumber growers, but some growers had an advantage. They planted Abundant cucumber seeds, tested in extreme temperatures and bred over 7 years to suit Australian…

Talking about tomato-on-the-vine Provine, with and without VR glasses

"Keep to six and grow with sufficient space, the best way of growing"

How is the development in the head? Just one of the questions during a talk about the Provine, the tomato variety created by Nunhems* introduced officially last year which is going to fill the gap in fruit weight between large and middle tomatoes-on-the-vine. In an interactive setting led by a trio of…

India: IIHR develops 2 processable tomato hybrids

The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research has developed two tomato hybrids, exclusively meant for the processing industry. These hybrids – Arka Vishesh and Arka Apeksha – are disease-resistant and are expected to not only boost farmers’ incomes through higher yields but are also aimed at reducing…

‘Snip, edit, grow’ with gene editing techniques for improving food security

The Earth's increasing population and changing climate pose major threats to food security. Experts estimate that the world's population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, with higher temperatures and changes in rainfall adversely affecting crop yields in many regions. Countering this threat will require…

Researchers team up to breed a better berry

The complicated genetic code of berries makes it difficult for berry breeders to develop new, tastier, healthier cultivars — or varieties — of blackberries, black raspberries and red raspberries. However, a new partnership between food and agriculture company Pairwise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

Labor, production, shelf life and taste are the key points for the new tomato variety

A large vine tomato that is more interesting than the standard variety in every single way, a Santa with great taste and a high production rate and a vine cherry tomato that has enough flavor to blow your socks off. These are three of the novelties that Axia Vegetable Seeds showed the growers on the open…

Webinar: the name of a plant variety in the Community Plant Variety Right system (CPVR)

In this webinar, recorded at the EUIPO Academy in May 2018, Bénédicte Legrand, Denomination Expert at the CPVO, explains the process in which names are given to newly protected plant varieties in the European Union. This webinar also outlines how this CPVR "naming" process fits with the rules and…

Asia & Pacific Seed Association delegation visit Hazera

The visit to Israel of the Asia & Pacific Seed Association’s delegation, comprised of delegates from Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and even Indonesia, was intended to expose visitors to advanced Israeli technologies, and in particular to the development of seeds for agriculture. One of the highlights…

Lots of attention for the opening of the new Syngenta Innovation center

Yesterday, there was a celebration going on at Syngenta in the Dutch Enkhuizen due to the opening of the company’s new innovation center. The opening of the 40 million euro costing center drew in a lot of interested parties. The power of the breeding sector and that of horticulture shine through in the…


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