Breeding

Eclipse, Galaxy, and Twilight

US: Agricultural Research Service releases three new blackberries

The best of eastern and western blackberry genetics have been melded to create Eclipse, Galaxy and Twilight, three new blackberry varieties released by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). ARS' Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon, working in cooperation with the Oregon State…

Samuel Acheampong - University of Cape Coast, Ghana

CRISPR used to make sweet potatoes larger and more nutritious

Samuel Acheampong hails from a farmer family from the Ashanti Region of southern Ghana. His family cultivated cassava, yams, plantains, tomatoes, peppers and other crops.…

Gerardo Del Toro-De León

Research at the interface of seed development, epigenetics and evolution

Professor Claudia Köhler has been appointed as new director of department II at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP). Seed development, which consists of the triad of embryo, endosperm and seed coat formation, is a complex process in which epigenetic mechanisms play a very…

US (NC): The continuing search for better strawberry varieties

Historically, the University of California public strawberry breeding program, founded in the 1930s, has been an important source of commercially useful strawberry varieties…

AU: Geraldton's wax flower blossoms into native food, with 'unique Australian flavours'

A growing appetite for uniquely Australian cuisine has led to a popular native flower being developed into a food flavouring. If breeders have their way, bunches of edible Geraldton wax flowers could soon appear next to rosemary in the supermarket. Perth-based plant breeder Helix Australia develops…

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CRISPR and our food supply: What’s next in feeding the world?

The latest adventure in food enhancement is CRISPR (e.g., clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/Cas9) gene-editing technology. It potentially has many major implications for enhanced global agriculture and much needed improvements in food security. CRISPR and gene editing tools…

John Innes Centre

New technology accelerates crop improvement with CRISPR

Researchers know how to make precise genetic changes within the genomes of crops, but the transformed cells often refuse to grow into plants – one international team has devised a new solution. The Dubcovsky lab at UC Davis in California, US, have developed a new tool helps ease this process by coaxing…

Physiological roles of tryptophan decarboxylase revealed by overexpression of SlTDC1 in tomato

SlTDC1, a candidate gene for tryptophan decarboxylase (TDC) in tomato, was the focus of a new study because SlTDC1 may play a role in the biosynthesis of serotonin (Hano et…

CPVO Administrative Council elects new Chair and Deputy Chair

On 30 September 2020, the Administrative Council of the Community Plant Variety Office held its first entirely virtual meeting since the establishment of the CPVO in 1995. During the meeting, the members of the Administrative Council elected their new Chair and Deputy Chair for the period 2020-2023. The…

"CRISPR technology needed to achieve European Green Deal"

It will prove difficult to achieve the European Green Deal goals if the current stringent EU-legislation on the continuation of new breeding technologies such as CRISPR-Cas, remains in effect. Thus say Wageningen researcher Justus Wesseler and his colleague Kai Purnhagen in a lengthy article in Applied…

LemnaTec

Plant phenotyping systems portfolio gets a boost

LemnaTec is specialized in equipment for plant phenotyping, assessing plants quantitatively. They sell systems to breeders, research facilities, commercial players in seed and agriculture business, but also universities. The company has lately added new systems to their portfolio. Large samplesA larger…

Jennifer Doudna/UC Berkeley

Nobel Prize for discoverers of CRISPR/Cas9

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 to Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany) and Jennifer A. Doudna (University of California, Berkeley, USA), “for the development of a method for genome editing”. Genetic…

Israel: Equinom builds new R&D center

Equinom is the first seed-breeding company to open an R&D center that houses all vital departments together – biochemistry, applications, sensory, and breeding. The new center will enable these departments to work and communicate synergistically throughout the course of seed breeding and development,…

Hishtil shares best practices with focus on potted herbs, organic herbs and ornamental crops

Extending the shelf life of the more delicate types of plants

Hishtil has made it its goal to provide economic and environmentally friendly horticultural solutions that improve the quality of produce. "A key facet of our research is to study how we can extend the shelf life of our plants at our client’s sites. As durable as our plants may be, however, they still…

Nathalie Labbé, Syngenta:

Duelle: the latest addition to the red elongated tomato range of Syngenta

Henri Jourdain is a tomato producer for Rougeline in Pierrelatte, in the southeast of France. He cultivates tomatoes on a 12 ha area of eco-greenhouses and specializes in small fruit. He chose to grow the Duelle, a variety of red elongated cherry tomato he has known for 3 years now.  “Latest of the range of…

HARNESSTOM

EU innovation project to increase resilience and quality of tomato varieties

WUR researchers will participate in the new EU research initiative HARNESSTOM. In this project breeding companies, scientists and farmers join forces to increase resilience and quality of tomato varieties. Tomato is a paradigm of crop domestication: a widely cultivated and consumed vegetable but with…

Enza Zaden identifies gene with high levels of resistance against ToBRFV

Enza Zaden reports it found a solution for tomato growers to beat the devastating Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). Their tomato breeding team has identified the gene that provides high resistance to the worldwide rapidly spreading virus. A lot at stake for tomato growersSergio de la Fuente van…

Company heading into the next phase to become a fully fledged vegetable breeding company

Bakker Brothers announces new CEO

Bakker Brothers, wholly owned by Zaad Holdings Ltd., announces the resignation of Wouter Bakker, CEO of the company. René Rijs, currently CFO of the company, will take over Wouter’s role as CEO as per 1 November 2020. “It is with immense pleasure that I was able to lead Bakker Brothers over the recent years.…

IPK

Study delves into tomatoes' wild ancestors

Wild tomato species represent a rich gene pool for numerous desirable traits lost during domestication. Among them are e.g. robustness in harsh environment or resistance to various pathogens. An international research team, including scientists from Weizmann Institute of Science and IPK, exploited an…

Using LED grow lights and less irrigation makes stronger plants

Hort Americas is currently working on a germination and propagation project of leafy greens and culinary herbs. The project is in collaboration with their demonstration greenhouse partners, The State Fair of Texas and the Big Tex Urban Farms. Big Tex Urban farms provide the labor needed to grow and…

Genetically redrawn San Marzano tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes have been genetically redrawn by a team of researchers from Enea, CREA, Polytechnic University of Valencia and Tuscia University to obtain new…

Better understanding of button mushroom DNA published, to improve breeding

A research team of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has made an important step in opening up possibilities to breed for innovative types of button mushrooms. For that,…

Scientists predict economically important traits of crops

Researchers from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) developed a new mathematical model to predict economic performance of crops. It can assist the breeders to obtain the plants with the highest possible quality. The research results were presented at the fifth 'Plant genetics,…

Potential, challenges, and threats for the application of new breeding techniques

Reconciling sustainability with agricultural productivity in the face of climate change relies strongly on the development of resilient, high-yielding crops of superior…

CPVO exceptional measures to come to an end

On 27 April 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the aim to support plant breeders facing unforeseen financial difficulties, the President of the CPVO took the exceptional decision to extend deadlines for payment of the annual fee and the payment of examinations fees. The CPVO would now…

Ruben Martinez Barricarte

Australian grapes might be on the shelves year-round thanks to specific gene

The Australian climate sees table grapes in peak production between November and May, but new research from the CSIRO hopes that could move to year-round production in the…

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Gene editing as the next gen plant breeding tool for breeders

The basis of plant breeding is the availability of trait variation and diversity in different crops, that can be brought together into a variety or hybrid with multiple superior qualities or characteristics. Plant breeders have been collecting wild variants of different crops for transferring better…

University of Tsukuba

Mutant tomato helps crack the secrets of fruiting

It may sound like something out of a science fiction B-movie, but with the help of a mutant tomato, researchers from Japan have discovered that the development process of fruit rewires their central metabolism pathway. In a study published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of…

Mohammed Ravanbakhsh

Utrecht scientists discover fast-forward plant improvement technology

Utrecht scientists demonstrates a new, non-GMO technology to develop new crops at a fraction of the costs of traditional breeding. By engineering the genes of bacteria that surround the plants the scientists obtained the same outcome as adjusting genes from the plant itself. They publish their findings…

Bayer trials new tomato varieties with ToBRFV resistance

Bayer announced the final large-scale pre-launch trials of Roma-type tomatoes to help growers address Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). The trials, which begin later this month in Mexico, will include two varieties of Roma-type tomato that claim Intermediate Resistance (IR) to ToBRFV. The type of…

Johnny's Selected Seeds

This year's unsolicited seed scare highlights the work of legitimate seed growers

If you've ever wondered where those vegetable seeds you sow come from, the answer of late seems to be in mysterious little packages from somewhere in China. You may have caught the recent headlines about thousands of Americans receiving what appear to be seeds of cucumbers, peppers and other popular…

EPSO statement

"Detecting a point mutation does not clarify its origin"

In response to a recent press release by Greenpeace, a prepared statement by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) states that detecting a point mutation does not…

Mprise organises webinars about ERP & Apps for seed companies

Also in September, Mprise Agriware will host two webinars. The first session is about crop management and seed production management. We will focus on the management of production contracts with ERP software. The second webinar is about working from one digital source, without Excel files or paper. This…

Optimizing genotyping processes at lower costs

NRGene, AI based genomic analysis for research and agricultural breeding company, announced the launch of SNPer – a new product that optimizes genotyping processes and gathers…

Keygene

Apoximis: easy propagation of high yielding hybrids

Plant reproductive biologists of KeyGene identified a DNA region from dandelion that is essential for apomixis, the process that enables plants to clonally form seeds without…

Itility

Autonomous germination rate and vitality measurements

Germination rate and vitality are important factors for determining the quality of seed batches. To this day, the measurement process is hardly automated, and therefore labor intense, expensive, and prone to errors. These errors can lead to costly claims for seed breeders or young plant growers when…

New hybrid variety of salad cucumber in India

Kerala agri varsity has bred a new hybrid variety of salad cucumbers. Salad cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is a nutritional ingredient in raw or cooked vegetables served with lunch or dinner. It is a versatile crop for growing either under open condition, shaded situation or protected cultivation under…

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Euroseeds: "Much ado about nothing, really"

Greenpeace claims open source detection test can detect gene-edited GM crop

Greenpeace, together with other non-governmental organisations, non-GMO food associations and a food retailer, claims that the first-ever public detection method for a gene-edited crop has been successfully developed and published. The new research refutes claims by the biotech industry and some…

Syngenta launching new tomato varieties

Syngenta has launched the campaign Un País de Tomates 2.0 (Tomato country 2.0) to present the company's new tomato varieties. Rafael Salinas, Syngenta's Product Manager for…

Tracy Lee appointed to lead

Sakata Seed America announces formation of CEA department

Sakata Seed America announced the formation of a Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) department. This new department will focus on indoor agriculture, a growing segment of the produce industry that focuses both on traditional greenhouse production as well as specialized vertical farming. According…

European breeders demand an update of the regulation on plant variety rights

European breeders and the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) have sent a letter to the European Commission asking for a revision of Regulation 2100/94 on the protection of Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR). AIPH, CIOPORA, Euroseeds and Plantum, the entities that signed the…

"This is the gene!"

Newly identified gene grants tomatoes resistance to bacterial speck disease

Bacterial speck disease, which reduces both fruit yield and quality, has been a growing problem in tomatoes over the last five years. Because the culpable bacterium prefers a cool and wet climate, crops in places such as New York State have been particularly susceptible. A tomato plant with the newly…

Far-red light enhances density of tomato seedlings

Brandon Huber, a Ph.D. candidate of Horticultural Science, shared some of his tomato research to help people better understand indoor controlled environmental horticulture and its impact on young plant production. While studying indoor controlled environmental horticulture under the direction of Ricardo…

Australian Strawberry Breeding Program

New temperate strawberry varieties preparing for commercialisation in Australia

Strawberry researchers are seeking a commercial partner to hold the licence for new temperate strawberry varieties, which have come from the Australian Strawberry Breeding Program (ASBP). Hort Innovation is running an Expression of Interest process to find suitably qualified, experienced and capable…

The link between DNA repair and crop resilience in plants

A multi-institution, international study led by Texas A&M AgriLife Research will investigate how a process that triggers DNA repair in plants also plays a role in strengthening their disease immunity. Understanding key functions of the process, which is well-studied in humans, will help scientists design…

Niels Koolstra about the development of Eminent Seeds:

“We only develop special varieties"

Just over 35 years ago, Jan van Heijningen established Eminent Seeds. Nowadays, the company is unique in the varieties it breeds, and known all around the world. Eminent Seeds is now a part of Best Fresh, but the mission and vision never changed. The company is not the source for varieties with 3% extra…

CIOPORA, AIPH, Euroseeds and Plantum request revision of Council Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 on Community Plant Variety Rights

In a joint letter addressed to the EU Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, AIPH, CIOPORA, Euroseeds and Plantum have requested that the European Commission considers reviewing the Council Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 (Basic regulation) on the protection of Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR).…

High flavor, high production, and labor efficient

New high-tech tomato varieties hitting the market

Sakata Seed is continuously working on developing new vegetable varieties with improved eating experience for the consumer while including extended shelf life. In addition, the breeding process focuses on improved labor efficiency and increased productivity for growers. Recently, an exciting new range of…

UF/IFAS varieties grow in 70 countries

UF/IFAS-bred strawberries are grown in over 70 countries across six continents. One of those countries, Egypt, ranks among the top strawberry-producing nations in the world.…

Glen Mor: disease-resistant raspberry launched at Fruit for the Future 2020

A new raspberry with exceptional fruit quality and high productivity, plus resistance to the deadly disease, root rot, was introduced today at the start of industry event Fruit for the Future 2020. The new raspberry, named Glen Mor, was bred by James Hutton Limited in Dundee, with support from the UK…

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Taiwan to send seeds to outer space

Taiwan is to send plant seeds to outer space for the first time in October to observe how the space environment affects their genetic makeup, the National Space Organization (NSPO) said. The Space Seeds for Asian Future program is being developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Nine nations,…

The first private F1 seed strawberry varieties in Japan

Miyoshi Group has bred the first private F1 seed strawberry varieties in Japan. They will debut at Fruits Logistica on 3rd February, 2021. "Our F1 Japanese strawberry varieties have a high sugar content and delicious taste." Growing from seeds would release you from the costly and time-taking mother…

Comparison of a hundred tomato varieties' genetic sequences

Tomatoes come in a dizzying array of shapes, sizes and flavors—and a new study uses state-of-the-art DNA-sequencing technology to finally trace the genetic underpinnings of these differences. The comparison of 100 tomato varieties' genetic sequences reveals more than 230,000 variations within their DNA. Understanding…

Arlette Sijmonsma

Russian greenhouse complex introduces new eggplant variety

The Ivanisovo greenhouse complex in the city of Elektrostal, Russia, has started the production of a new variety of eggplant, as reported by the press service of the Ministry…

Luca Morelli - CRAG

New biofortification method that transforms leaves into nutrient stores

A new collaborative study led by researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona and the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP) in Valencia describes a promising strategy to improve the nutritional…

"The market for strawberry varieties is in flux"

One and a half years after the launch of Limalexia, John Schoeber and Vincent Deenen of Limgroup look back at that time. Limalexia was specifically developed during the breeding process to improve shelf life, taste, color, and production. The latter has even been 10-15% higher than the standard variety.…

Sustainable cucurbit breeding and producing in Asia

The mission of the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is research and development to realize the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods. WorldVeg operates across Asia and Africa, and its breeding portfolio comprises global as well as traditional vegetables. Cucurbit…

Colombian researchers develop cherry tomatoes that have greater anti-cancer properties

Researchers from Colombia's National University's Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, led by Professor Mario Augusto Garcia, have managed to develop a selection of cherry tomato…

Hort Innovation

Australian strawberry breeding program delights tastebuds

The winter strawberry season is in full swing. Do you know exactly what goes into that juicy strawberry you see at the supermarkets? Every strawberry season, researchers from the Australian Strawberry Breeding Program trial, taste and assess thousands of new varieties of strawberry developed through…

Christina Krönauer and Damiano Lironi

Researchers discover how plants distinguish beneficial from harmful microbes

Legume plants know their friends from their enemies, and now, researchers found how they do it at the molecular level. Plants recognize beneficial microbes and keep harmful ones out, which is important for healthy plants production and global food security. Scientists have now discovered how legumes use…

Adaptation to water and salt stress in tomatoes

Solanum pimpinellifolium and Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme represent a valuable tool for tomato breeding, particularly for tolerance to abiotic stresses. Water stress and salinity are major constraints to tomato cultivation, and for which limited genetic variability has been reported within the…


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