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Agricultural engineers training on seed breeding in Jordan

Within the extended support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan, Her Excellency the Ambassador Mrs. Barbara Joziasse has accepted Bakker Brothers Jordan’s invitation to present the certificates to 13 women who concluded the 8-day training at Bakker Brothers Station on 'Hand…

NIAB

AI to speed up seed germination testing process

Researchers have developed a new tool to carry out one of agriculture’s more challenging tasks - seed germination testing. Growers need seeds that germinate effectively and uniformly within a given period to maximise crop productivity. Seed suppliers must therefore test seed samples to ensure a certain…

Effective propagation research targets for specialty plant crops

Even if they’re born of the most exemplary research, innovative indoor plant propagation technologies aren’t beneficial if they are too costly to use. That is the simplest distillation of a new article published in the journal HortTechnology focused on identifying the indoor plant propagation research…

Malling Cherry Ventures

New partnership aims to develop new cherry varieties

Malling Cherry Ventures is the joint venture between NIAB EMR of Kent in England, their funding partner Berry Gardens Growers Ltd (BGG) and the Associated International Group of Nurseries (AIGN®). The collaboration between the companies began nearly two years ago with the aim to develop cherry varieties…

Alberto Salguero Quiles

Researchers identify genes that tell plants when to flower

How do plants know when it is time to flower? Researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have studied this question and identified two genes that are key to this process. They were able to show that the ELF3 and GI genes control the internal clock of the plants that monitors the…

Rijk Zwaan

Rijk Zwaan's Vinales RZ

"More units, more kilos, more height"

VD Holland, a Dutch pepper grower, is growing a new Rijk Zwaan variety, Vinales RZ, and answered some questions about it. After having screened and trialed Vinales RZ for several years, the grower decided to produce this red variety on 9 ha in Andijk this season and it has now replaced Rijk Zwaan’s…

Healthier crops start with healthy seeds

Demand for healthy, sustainably produced food, including vegetables and fruit, is rising. Yet growers around the world face a number of challenges. Good agricultural land, water and raw materials are becoming ever scarcer. In many places, climate change is causing less stable growing conditions. The UN…

Coviro strengthens its portfolio on the innovation front

New strawberry variety developed by Italy and the Netherlands

Relations between researchers from the Netherlands and Coviro are increasing. The plant nursery, based in Cervia (Ravenna), has introduced a new variety of strawberry and is also continuing to propagate certified mother plants. "This news makes us very proud - explained Aurora Kamami (photo on the right),…

Sakata Seed America announces acquisition of Danziger blocky pepper program

Sakata Seed America announced the acquisition of the blocky bell pepper breeding program from Danziger “Dan” Seeds Ltd of Israel. The purchase entitles Sakata to all existing assets of Danziger’s blocky bell pepper breeding program. The acquisition, which includes several existing commercial varieties in…

Plant vesicles inspire methods to protect crops

Biologists studying extracellular RNA (exRNA)—and the tiny spherical structures known as exosomes that shuttle this genetic information from cell to cell—typically focus on mammals. As long ago as the 1960s, however, scientists found that plant cells also generate vesicles that carry cargo out of the…

KeyGene successfully applies selective DNA sequencing in plants

Scientists of research company KeyGene in Wageningen, the Netherlands, are the first to report the application of adaptive DNA sequencing in plants, applying the Read Until tool of Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Using a combination of the Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION sequencing device, a powerful…

The DNA tricks that gave us 100 different kinds of tomatoes

HULK spelled backwards makes the plant smaller

An expansive new analysis of genetic variation among tomatoes has uncovered 230,000 previously hidden large-scale differences in DNA between varieties. As tomato plants evolved, segments of DNA were deleted, duplicated, or rearranged. These genomic 'structural variations' underpin the vast diversity…

Precision injection system for plants

Microneedles made of silk-based material can target plant tissues for delivery of micronutrients, hormones, or genes. A new method developed by engineers at MIT may offer a starting point for delivering life-saving treatments to plants ravaged by such diseases. These diseases are difficult to detect…

US: Regulations reviewed for GE crops

Brand new USDA regulations for crop biotechnology will begin phasing in during June 2020. The new “SECURE” rules (Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient) govern what is — and isn’t — required for USDA review before going to market with a biotech crop. These rules could have…

Time was right for 'refreshing course' breeding F1 hybrid strawberry varieties

The test with growing strawberry plants on rock wool at ABZ Seeds could be called a refreshing course. What is happening this spring in the greenhouses of the breeder of F1-hybrid strawberry varieties is not new. In the nineties, ABZ and a rock wool producer already performed a test which showed there…

Canada: Growing red pepper portfolio helps red pepper growers

Following crop visits in and around British Columbia, Hans van Haeff with Syngenta reports on the red pepper variety Gina and introduces Kalvijn (PR09518). In addition, Plant Products Seed Division manager Andrew Dick gives an impression on Ontario’s East Coast crops with the larger fruited reds…

CIOPORA elects President and new Board in its first electronic elections

CIOPORA held its first electronic President and Board elections by secret ballot as a part of the virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 on June 3-5. The new CIOPORA Board is comprised of ten individuals from breeding and licensing companies active in a broad range of horticultural cultivars: Steven Hutton…

Dutch tomato breeder back after bankruptcy

The first interested parties already registered on May 1, when the bankruptcy of tomato breeding company Green4Health B.V. was declared, and now there is good news. The…

Production of tomato and pepper hybrid seed pilot

The head of Iran's horticultural research institute, Shokrolla Haji-vand, said that in the field of vegetables and summer seeds, which are considered to be within the production jumping projects, the Horticultural Sciences Research Institute has been working to create hybrid seeds of tomatoes and peppers…

after Sysmex Partec merger more convenience with flow cytometer:

"Flow cytometry as a total solution is now suitable for everyone"

A breeder (or a grower) who, by doing crossing, is looking for new varieties, really only wants one thing: quick and easy insight into the amount of DNA and chromosomes that a piece of plant material contains. After the takeover of Partec by Sysmex in 2013, Partec's flow cytometer, with customer…

new sweet point peppers from Eminent Seeds

"New sweet point peppers can withstand cold winter period"

The market for sweet point peppers is growing year after year and since the team with Eminent Seeds specialises in colourfull, tastefull novelties, they decided to include this product in their breeding activities a couple of years ago. Now their investments pay off and they're launching new yellow and…

First steps to using viruses for gene editing in plants

Bestowing crops with pest-resistant and climate-resistant traits is a driving force to protect humanity’s precious food resources. Despite evidence that demonstrates genetically-modified crops are as safe as crops produced through traditional breeding, sections of the public remain suspicious about…

Fusarium resistance: from breeding to commercial varieties

In 2019, Rijk Zwaan became the first vegetable breeding company to introduce three cucumber varieties with Fusarium resistance. Last season, growers in various countries gained experience with these ‘For Defense’ varieties. Jaime Jimenez from San Agustín (Almería, Spain) grew Forami RZ. “It was a…

TomaTech and Plantfactory present new tomato varieties

"In order to be commercially interesting, varieties need to suit growers' wishes as well"

Eight years ago, TomaTech's specialties were already popular among trade and retail companies, and their Sugar Drop tomato has been on British supermarket shelves for almost the same period. When expanding their portfolio - this year there are more than 190 varieties grown in the TomaTech demo greenhouse…

British raspberry breeding programme results in three new varieties

James Hutton Limited is introducing three new raspberry varieties to soft fruit growers in 2020 including two primocanes, Lewis and Skye.  Plants are now available from RW Walpole and Genson BV in the EU, and from Global Plant Genetics and Meiosis in select territories out with the EU. Lewis and Skye are the…

CAN (SK): Genomics company expands operations to Canada with Saskatoon office

The Government of Saskatchewan is welcoming NRGene to the province. Headquartered in Israel, the company announced they are expanding their operations to Canada and will be…

Syngenta opens demo greenhouse

"Breeding for the entire world from the new centre Tomato Vision"

"At Syngenta we call this our active greenhouse. Of course this is not the only place where we breed tomatoes, but here breeding is done by using the most advanced techniques. Everything is possible: we can breed for the entire world because we can simulate all circumstances. Therefore, with this…

Topping-off for tomato breeding

North Carolina farmers grow $33.8 million worth of fresh market tomatoes each year and approximately half of the tomatoes grown in the state are the fruit of NC State’s tomato breeding efforts. These efforts, led by Dilip Panthee, just got a 1440-square-foot boost. Specifically, a new 1440-square-foot greenhouse at the Mountain…

Hybridization in peppers to improve volatile composition in fully ripe fruits

Peppers are one of the most important vegetables and spices in the world and their fruits are used in a range of food dishes, to provide aroma and flavor. Pungency has been…

US research to study disease resistance in lettuce, boost cultivar production

Lettuce is one of the top ten vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in refrigerators around the world. Used as a basis for salads, as a topping for burgers and sandwiches, as a bread substitute for wraps, and…

Euroseeds welcomes limitation of patentability by European Patent Office

"This will largely facilitate the daily work of breeders and will create legal certainty"

On 14 May 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office declared that plants exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable. Euroseeds welcomes this opinion, saying it finally clarifies the principal boundaries and limits of patentability for plant…

Digital image processing and analysis for plant phenotyping

LemnaTec, based in Aachen, Germany, has been developing hardware and software for plant phenotyping since 1998. These systems use digital image processing for applications in research and development, which are used in breeding, science, agro- and biotechnology, as well as in the seed industry. "Digital…

WUR

Plant biologists discover simple principle of plant responses to hormone

In a new study researchers from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and colleagues in Japan and Spain have found a simple mechanism for control of plant growth. Implementation of these findings can help growers to design new crops with for example resistance against disease, drought or…

EPO

No more patents on plants and animals in Europe

The Enlarged Board of Appeal, the highest level of judicial authority at the European Patent Office (EPO), issued its opinion G 3/19 on questions related to the patentability of plants and animals. The opinion, triggered by a referral from the President of the EPO in April 2019, concludes that plants and…

Steven Oosterloo, Flevo Berry

“The Elsanta strawberry no longer dominates”

The interview’s location has changed this time due to the current circumstances. We are not speaking to Steven Oosterloo, Flevo Berry’s Commercial Director at his office in Ens, the Netherlands, but at his home. At a suitable distance, we asked him about the chances of year-round strawberry cultivation…

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USDA updates plant breeding regulations with SECURE rule

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a final rule updating and modernizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE) rule will remove duplicative…

UF/IFAS appoints interim director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

From hops to tomatoes, Jack Rechcigl is considered a leader in research for vegetable, floral and strawberry production and breeding. Known worldwide for his support of growers and the agriculture industry, his enterprising scientific approaches to agriculture and urban environments has him serving…

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

A new non-GMO method to edit plants with CRISPR

An NC State researcher has developed a new way to get CRISPR/Cas9 into plant cells without inserting foreign DNA. This allows for precise genetic deletions or replacements, without inserting foreign DNA. Therefore, the end product is not a genetically modified organism, or GMO. CRISPR/Cas9 is a tool that…

US (MI): Blueberry breeder awarded USDA grant to improve fruit quality

Patrick Edger, assistant professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Horticulture, was awarded a four-year, $1.13 million grant, including matching funds, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve blueberry and cranberry fruit quality traits. Patrick Edger, assistant…

Frontiers in Plant Science

The diversity dynamics of greenhouse tomato varieties

A lot of people think that domestication and plant breeding has led to genetic erosion, including loss of nutritional value, especially in tomato. A recent study looked at the diversity dynamics of greenhouse tomato varieties in NW Europe over the last seven decades. Lo and behold, the study provided…

"New strawberry variety has passed the test"

For Italian growers, Rossetta, the new Premium Priced strawberry launched on the market in early 2020, has been successful in both agronomic and commercial terms. Harvesting will continue for a few weeks, then the new year will be planned. FreshPlaza talked to a few producers, technicians and operators.  Domenico…

"Breeding process is continuing due to involved growers"

Also at De Ruiter, cultivation managers can’t visit clients at the moment. “Most of the interaction we have with growers is via phone or webinars,” says Huib Koerts…

the development of the snack tomato market

"Balancing production and taste is key in the snack tomato market"

Snack tomatoes seem to be everywhere these days and since consumers can't seem to be getting enough of them that's a positive thing. The choice is huge for the consumer, and just as well for the trading companies and the growers. In order to keep this market growing, breeding company Sakata focuses on…

Mexican scientists research edible corona vaccine

Since the 1990s, several research groups have worked on the modification of edible plants and fruits that generate an immune response in the intestinal epithelium of animals after oral intake. Genetically modified crops — still at the experimental, not commercial, level — used to create “edible vaccines”…

Clause’s Genio, Creativo,

"New cherry tomatoes meet the challenges facing food retailing"

"The current crisis has greatly impacted how often consumers visit food retails but also how they shop there. Against this background food retailers must adapt their offer to control supply and avoid food waste. A real challenge for the fruit and vegetables section. A better range of varieties will help…

Plants pass on 'memory' of stress to some progeny, making them more resilient

By manipulating the expression of one gene, geneticists can induce a form of “stress memory” in plants that is inherited by some progeny, giving them the potential for more vigorous, hardy and productive growth, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery has significant implications…

Syngenta's demo greenhouse in the Netherlands christened 'Tomato Vision'

Just one year after its building was announced, the new R&D and marketing facility called Tomato Vision opened in Maasland, the Netherlands. The centre includes 14,000 m2 of high-tech glasshouse where 800 unique new hybrids are tested and selected for specific market needs, using ultra-modern and…

first interested parties have already come forward

Dutch breeding start-up Green4Health declared bankrupt

Breeding company Green4Health was declared bankrupt last week by the court in Groningen. The Dutch company was unable to reach an agreement with the creditors, including some…

Growers pleased with new rootstock Securforce F1

The development of new horticultural rootstocks has always been one of the main research assets of the Italian breeding company Fenix. With a focus on the Mediterranean area, they research resistances and test the relationship between the rootstock and the cultivar. Their new tomato rootstock Securforce…


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