Breeding

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…

Technology increasingly at the service of seed quality and traceability

Seed industry unites at Seed meets Technology 2019

Flow cytometric ploidy determination, chlorophyll scanners, vacuum transport systems: all the stops are pulled out to further optimize the quality of seeds. At the same time, traceability is also becoming increasingly important, and a whole host of sensors and data collection techniques are involved.…

Aspects on essentially derived varieties in the EU

The European Union plant variety protection system (EU PVP) is based on the UPOV 1991 Convention. The concept of essentially derived varieties (EDV) is found in Art 13 of Council Regulation 2100/94 (the EU PVP Regulation). The text of Article 13 is similar but not identical to Art 14 of the UPOV 1991…

Syngenta

Three new bell peppers presented

During the open day at Syngenta, where the latest developments were discussed, attention was not only given to tomatoes but to bell peppers as well. Marcel Vis informs everyone. There were three new varieties he presented: PR09518, PR07473, and Y08385. But he starts with Gina, the bell pepper that has already started out…

Syngenta opens new Seed Technology Center and Backcross Factory in Enkhuizen

"Crossing genes into parent lines will soon be accelerated by a factor of 2"

"We are sidelining ourselves as Europe, modern breeding techniques are being applied in other parts of the world anyway," says Arend Schot of Syngenta. "I assume that in the longer term this type of technologies will be allowed in Europe, but then we are already so far behind." Arend is talking here about…

Manuel Ferrer, of HM.CLAUSE IBÉRICA:

"The new tomato varieties: a boost for the sector"

Two years have passed since HM.Clause, one of the leaders in horticultural seeds, presented the Adora® tomato brand at Fruit Attraction. The outcome cannot be more positive. "Our main goal with this new tomato brand was to bring back the flavor of yesteryear and meet the demands of the consumer, and it…

Harnessing tomato jumping genes could help speed-breed drought-resistant crops

Once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ that served no purpose, a family of ‘jumping genes’ found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding for traits such as improved drought resistance. Rider transposons are well-known for causing the elongated shape that we see in plum tomatoes, but new research…

Up an average of 5% to 1.4 billion

No end in sight for Seed Valley's growth in sales

If you bought tomatoes or lettuce in the supermarket today, there is an excellent chance the seeds came from a Seed Valley company. This is a region in the Netherlands. A…

New temporary location, new tomato varieties

The open day of tomato breeding company Syngenta was not held in the usual demo greenhouse this year. They opted for the brand-new location of Ter Laak in Wateringen. Kris Goen and her colleagues show the visitors the presentations of the various tomato varieties. Depona is a recently introduced cocktail…

Bejo Zaden and Signify team up to accelerate breeding of more seed varieties

Signify has partnered with Bejo Zaden to accelerate breeding of more seed varieties through a new vertical farm approach to cultivation. In the facility, a large climate-controlled room is equipped with Philips GrowWise Control System to automate control of Philips GreenPower LED dynamic modules. The…

Incotec presents sustainability strategy at SMT 2019

"Use of X-rays to upgrade seeds fits in 'Mission Zero'"

Seed improvement company Incotec has recently added a number of organic top-up products based on X-rays for tomatoes and peppers. It fits in the new theme of the company that will be presented at Seed meets Technology (September 24-26) in Zwaagdijk: Mission Zero. Erik Jan Bartels, Managing Director: "The…

Crop specialists create new breeding protocol for raspberries

Crop quality specialists, Delytics Ltd, have helped The James Hutton Institute research organisation create a new breeding protocol to ensure the majority of their raspberries…

Spanish research project improves technique to obtain strawberries with a longer shelf life

A research project carried out by the Department of Botany and Plant Physiology of the University of Malaga, together with that of the Institute of Subtropical and…

Mexican researchers develop habanero peppers for the pharmaceutical industry

The Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY) is working on the development of habanero pepper varieties with a very high level of capsaicin, the molecule that produces the…

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…

The Greenery and Plant Sciences

American raspberry varieties gets selected by European customers

The Greenery is reaping the rewards of its collaboration with Plant Sciences. In partnership with the American breeder, The Greenery has introduced a new raspberry variety, the Nobility, to the European market. This fruit is tastier, slightly larger, and firmer. This fits in nicely with consumers'…

both tomatoes and guests

Dutch-Canadian mingle at tomato dinner in Leamington

Axia Vegetable Seeds recently held a Customer Appreciation Dinner. This event was held at the Mastronardi Estate Winery in Kingsville/Leamington, Canada. The evening started with a vibrant cocktail party where the Axia varieties were presented. The evening was rounded off with a buffet dinner. With many varieties being…

United Genetics Seeds shows greenhouse tomatoes

"Shift to indeterminate tomatoes to serve growing protected tomato cultivation market"

From Aug 12th – 30th 2019, United Genetics Seeds hosted and welcomed all its partners to the annual solanaceae field day in Hollister, CA. This annual event brings together all its business partners from South Africa, to the Middle East, to Southeast Asia, to Brazil, and within the US. This year was a…

Apple hexose transporter MdHT2.2 altered sugar concentration in tomato fruit

Sugar transporters are necessary to transfer hexose from cell wall spaces into parenchyma cells to boost hexose accumulation to high concentrations in fruit. Here, we have identified an apple hexose transporter (HTs), MdHT2.2, located in the plasma membrane, which is highly expressed in mature fruit. In…

new varieties offer new opportunities

"American market: Tomato acreage and specialty segment growing"

This week the team with Axia Vegetable Seeds is showing their varieties in Leamington at a special Growers Dinner at Wednesday 4th 6:00 PM in the Mastronardi Estate Winery in Kingsville. Not only this specific greenhouse area, but the North American market in general is developing rapidly. Current…

The Myanmar Seed Association officially established

Last August and after 3 years of intensive preparations, the Myanmar Seed Association (MSA) was officially established. The MSA represents the interests of private seed companies that are active in Myanmar and has twelve founding members, these members include companies like East-West Seed and more local…

"Vertical Farming, the future for food production"

Vertical Farms would appear to be a Valhalla for plant cultivation. Growing crops under the perfect climate (always the same) conditions, throughout the year. Continuous production with constant quality. And then preferably in multiple layers on top of each other. Or perhaps are Vertical Farms, not the…

Rijk Zwaan

Fusarium-resistant cucumber varieties introduced

For years, there has been an urgent need from growers for cucumber varieties with Fusarium oxysporum resistance. Rijk Zwaan has introduced not one but two such varieties onto the commercial market. The newcomers Forami RZ and 24-272 RZ are both resistant to the fungal infection which is notably difficult…

Gina Nucci - Mann’s Fresh Vegetables:

"Why more companies should follow Mann’s lead on GMO labelling"

A vast majority of fresh fruits and vegetables are “non-GMO” by default. In the way the “GMO” is often defined, there are currently only 10 commercially available genetically engineered crops in the U.S. That being said, it is worth repeating from time to time that California-based Mann’s Fresh Vegetables…

University of Florida:

UF/IFAS Researchers close in on a tastier tomato

In their quest for a tastier tomato, University of Florida scientists are finding traits they believe will tempt consumers with flavor that triggers their senses even more.…

Peter Aarts, vegetable nursery 't Bleekerven

"410 gram cucumbers are perfect for automatic processing"

Peter Aarts, owner and cultivation manager of Dutch cucumber nursery 't Bleekerven, is growing cucumbers of the variety Gotja in Heusden, North Brabant, until mid-September. Then the fall tomatoes follow. The end of the cucumber cultivation is nearing. "Cultivation is progressing nicely and Gotja had to…

Berry Research Team combines expertise to solve problems for the industry

Summertime in the Northeast of the United States has always meant berry season. The Berry Research Team of Cornell University combine expertise in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural economics, berry breeding and management to solve problems for the industry. “We bring a lot of…

"GMO and editing is the way of the future"

In a previous article, we went into the research Esther van der Knaap is doing on the ancestors of our current tomato. Over time, people have selected for traits that are favorable to them, but not necessarily to the plant. Adaptation and disease resistance has been sacrificed for other desirable traits,…

On 12 September, 2019

US (CA): Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis celebrates 20th anniversary

The Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. They are appreciating the past and looking forward. On Thursday, September 12, 2019 the SBC will host a day-long event with panels highlighting researchers, students, industry representatives and policymakers. The…

UK scientists set to improve shelf-life of strawberries

British scientists have developed a new product that could extend the shelf-life of strawberries. More than 38,000 tons of soft fruit, worth around £180 mln (€197 mln), are…

Inari chosen as 'Technology Pioneer' by World Economic Forum

Joining companies like Google and Twitter, Inari was chosen as a 2019 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum on Monday. Inari, a company recently expanded to West Lafayette developing seeds that improve the economic and environmental realities of production agriculture, was chosen from hundreds…

The quest for better-tasting tomatoes

"Tomato flavor is the result of a combination of sugars, acids and volatile compounds. Volatiles are the aroma compounds that give tomato its unique flavor. Without these aroma compounds, the tomato would not taste like a tomato. There are many volatiles that contribute to tomato flavor, and each must be…

Dutch researchers aim for 100% use of tomato biomass

Luisa Trindade, professor at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wageningen, is currently researching fiber crops and the use of their biomass as a raw…

Neighboring aromatic-aromatic amino acid combination governs activity divergence between tomato phytoene synthases

Carotenoids exert multifaceted roles to plants and are critically important to humans. Phytoene synthase (PSY) is a major rate-limiting enzyme in the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway. PSY in plants is normally found as a small enzyme family with up to three members. However, knowledge of PSY isoforms in relation…

Esther van der Knaap, University of Georgia:

"Providing knowledge a breeder can use and a grower can benefit from"

It's not every day that you get to meet a time traveler. Esther van der Knaap, a professor with the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia, is one - although she doesn't literally travel back in time. Together with the team in her lab, she dives into the predecessors of the tomatoes we…

Romaine lettuce cultivars with low tissue browning

Leaf discoloration (browning) represents a critical issue that limits the quality and shelf life of fresh-cut lettuce. Scientista at USDA - Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Food Quality Laboratory (Beltsville, MD, United States) have tested accessions of romaine lettuce (Lactuca sativa var.…

New bacterial wilt resistant tomato variety

Multinational firm Bayer East Africa has launched a new variety of tomato that is resistant to the notorious bacterial wilt and is likely to raise income for farmers. The new hybrid variety, called “Seminis Tomato Ansal”, also produces extra-firm fruits that last three weeks after harvest, and which help…

It's taken almost a decade. But this man thinks he's perfected Ontario tomatoes

Valerio Primomo grasps a cluster of five red tomatoes in his hand. It took nine years — and hundreds of tomato trials — to get here. But he thinks he's perfected it. "We're almost there," said Primomo, a vegetable breeder at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "With breeding, there's always room…

YOOM purple tomato attracts new customers

The new purple-skinned YOOM cocktail tomato was developed through a natural selection breeding program by Syngenta Vegetable Seeds’ tomato specialists. YOOM tomatoes have a distinctive purple-skinned color. It is packed with flavor and has a nice sweet-sour balance, which gives a lasting Umami/savory…

CAN (ON): Long English cucumber grower switches to different variety

In the summer of 2018, Rijk Zwaan representative, Max Saad, introduced Rijk Zwaan’s new summer variety Bluesbrother RZ to Abe Friesen, owner and grower of Hope Lane Farms. The resulting 2-acre test gave more cucumbers overall and an overall higher percentage of medium/large compared to medium/small.  Friesen values…

What future for French varietal innovation?

One year after the decision of the European Court of Justice, French seed companies remain in a context of legal uncertainty. In 2015, 9 organisations referred to the Conseil…

ASTA comments on USDA’s proposed rule on genetically engineered organisms

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is pleased to provide comments on USDA’s Proposed Rule regarding the movement of certain genetically engineered organisms. “We…

Virus-resistant tomato declared as non-genetically modified by USDA

Nexgen Plants has received notification from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that its virus resistant tomato variety is nongenetically modified (non-GM) and does not fall under regulation requirements in the U.S. The virus resistant product developed by Nexgen Plants has been declared…

UK: Hairy, spiky, round and knobbly cucumbers

Unusually-shaped cucumbers are flourishing at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate this week because of the recent hot weather. This year eighteen weird and wonderful cucumber cultivars (Cucumis sativus) are being grown at the garden for the first time – from round and hairy to long and slender, and even…

To feed its 1.4 billion, China bets big on genome editing of crops

If Gao Caixia were a farmer, she might be spread a little thin. Down the hall from her office at a branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) here in Beijing, seeds from a strain of unusually soft rice and a variety of wheat with especially fat grains and resistance to a common fungus sprout in a…

"New UK hybrid super-hot chilli is quicker and easier to harvest"

Armageddon, the newest chili to come from the chili breeding program of Tozer Seeds certainly set pulses racing. "It’s a new super-hot chili, the first British-bred hybrid and has been scored at 1.3 million on the Scoville scale", the company explais.  Super-hot chilies are challenging to grow but in breeding…


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