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Paul Mastronardi on the future of farming:

"We're on the lookout for varieties that work well with automation"

While SUNSET® looks for varieties that produce more yield without sacrificing flavor, the company is also looking for varieties that will work well with automation. Paul Mastronardi, CEO of Mastronardi Produce Limited, revealed so during a recent webinar by Bayer, focusing on the future of farming. "The…

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US: New institute uses AI to develop next-gen food systems

A $20 million grant has helped launch 16 new research projects in areas such as crop breeding, greenhouse technology and micronutrient research. The Artificial Intelligence Institute for Food Systems got the grant. The new institute is led by the University of California-Davis. Funded by the USDA and the…

US: Proposal to exempt plants with additional genetic modifications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting feedback on a proposal to add three modifications that plants…

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UK: two new strawberry varieties launched

Two new strawberry varieties bred by the team at NIAB EMR have been officially launched. MallingTM Ace and MallingTM Vitality, expected to reinforce the UK’s reputation for soft fruit production, are the result of the strawberry breeding team, led by NIAB EMR’s Adam Whitehouse, and support of the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club. Having recently…

Researchers create chicory plants without bitter compounds

Researchers have used new breeding techniques to develop a chicory variety that no longer contains bitter compounds. Katarina Cankar, plant researcher at Wageningen University & Research: “In the European CHIC project, we are working on improved industrial chicory varieties (related to witloof) that…

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Retired plant pathologist donates tomato seeds to developing nations

For 71 years, one West Virginia University plant pathologist has tinkered with the tomato, turning over multiple iterations resistant to blight and other vegetable diseases. Now the fruits of Mannon Gallegly’s labor will be adored by tomato lovers across the world, particularly in developing countries…

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Saltwater-grown crops lift hopes of arid Arab countries

A Saudi Arabian startup offers an ingenious, environmentally friendly solution that could ease nations’ food worries. Red Sea Farms, which is based on the campus of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), near Jeddah, nurtures new breeds of crops that are irrigated with seawater. Some…

Introducing Syngenta’s newest yellow pepper Leah

"Leah has attracted the attention of many growers due to its high yield potential and XL fruit size"

During the 2020 growing season, several growers hosted trials of Syngenta Vegetable Seeds’ newest yellow pepper, Leah (Y08384). According to Cameron Lyons with Syngenta, Leah has attracted the attention of many growers due to its high yield potential and XL fruit size. "Due to these outstanding results,…

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Study on biological significance of regulating iron loading during seed development

Iron (Fe) storage in plant seeds is not only necessary for seedling establishment following germination, but also a major source of dietary Fe for human and animal life. Mother plants transport iron into seeds for storage during the fruit-bearing process. However, an excessive amount of iron is toxic to…

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Heirloom tomatoes bring business to Mississippi greenhouse grower

The folks at Native Son Farm are up to their elbows in heirloom tomatoes. One day last week, they picked 40 crates, each weighing about 25 pounds. “Right now, we’re in peak heirloom production,” said Antonia “Toni” Hankins, the farm’s greenhouse production/sales manager. “Heirlooms are the world’s…

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University partners with bioenterprise to strengthen agri-food innovation

Advancing food and farming innovations is the focus of a new partnership between the University of Guelph and Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine. The two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will bring together the strengths of the University’s research and…

Attracting the best PhD students for solid plant breeding research

Working in labs and fields across Florida, a new generation of students will start earning a Ph.D. in plant breeding from the University of Florida – the first program of its kind in Florida and one of a few in the nation. “The new Ph.D. program is important because it will help attract the best…

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Gene editing accepted more often in vegetables than in livestock

Public opinion can affect the adoption of genome editing technologies. In food production, genome editing can be applied to a wide range of applications, in different species and with different purposes. This study analyzed how the public responds to five different applications of genome editing, varying…

In search of the ‘Holy Grail’ of tomatoes

The development of flavorful, nutritious and firm tomatoes with a long shelf life, good appearance and high yield is the “holy grail” of tomato improvement, said Carlos Avila, AgriLife Research vegetable breeder based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco and principal…

UK: Scientists reveal how cauliflowers develop their unique shape

Have you ever wondered how a cauliflower grows into its strange shape? - The mystery of how this peculiar shaped vegetable forms has now been solved by a team of mathematicians and plant scientists. Experts from the University of Nottingham worked in collaboration with and international team led by CNRS1…

Federal judge sours on fight over California strawberries

A quarrel over lucrative California strawberry strains withered in court Tuesday after a federal judge picked apart a corporate seller’s patent infringement lawsuit against the former chief of a legendary breeding institute. Driscoll’s, the self-proclaimed “world’s fresh berry leader,” claims when…

The roll of pigments in creating tasty tomatoes

The flavor of a tomato is an interaction between its taste and aroma. Now, researchers from Japan and the United States have revealed that the pigments that determine the colors of tomatoes also affect their flavor. In a study published this month, researchers from University of Tsukuba developed a new…

Cucumber research could help farmers extend seasons and diversify

Rotating greenhouse crops or making use of greenhouses while crops are growing in the field can give farmers more options and more income. The University of Kentucky Controlled Environment Horticulture Research Unit, the Owen Lab, is in the midst of a two-year study to evaluate cucumber varieties for…

Sakata Seed America adds to tomato breeding team

Sakata Seed America recently announced the further expansion of its robust tomato breeding team to include Jeremy Sisson in a new, specialized role. Sisson joins Sakata as…

Partnership to boost development:

"Increasing demand for natural solutions in seed disinfection"

PETKUS-Selecta, the company for total solutions in fine seeds and VitalFluid, active in plasma applications have joint forces with signing a key-partner agreement. This cooperation will boost the development of biological disinfection solutions for flower and vegetable seeds. VitalFluid has developed…

Mexico takes steps to better protect plant breeders' rights

On May 20 and 21, the Mexican SNICS (the National Service for Inspection and Certification of Seeds), in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy in Mexico, organized a virtual forum entitled "Enforcement of Plant Breeder's Rights of Ornamental Plant Varieties in Mexico." During the forum, SNICS presented an…

ChemChina seeking $10 bln in Syngenta IPO

ChemChina is aiming to raise around $10 billion from a Shanghai IPO for Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta Group, in what is set to be the world's largest flotation this year, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. ChemChina, which became part of Sinochem Holdings Corp last month, is…

Syngenta buys Dutch seed producing company Verisem BV

Paine Schwartz Partners announced that Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund IV has agreed to sell Verisem BV, an integrated global seed production company, to Syngenta's vegetable…

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A sole focus on organic farming will not get us where we need to be

An ominous figure was captured by a recent study by scientists from Cornell, Maryland, and Stanford universities, which found that global agricultural productivity has declined by about 21% in the last 60 years as a result of climate change. Add to that the expected population growth over the next…

New strawberry variety tastes great and grows all summer

While Wimbledon is in the news all the time, the focus is on strawberries again. Malling Ace is a super strawberry that is creating a lot of excitement in the world of…

NL: Radish program attracting attention from growers

Both growers that are already customers and those that aren’t are increasingly aware of Rijk Zwaan’s two radish varieties that are well-suited for the American market: Syon RZ and Bodiam RZ. Available for trials and purchase, they are providing other options for growers who are looking for the optimal…

TSI Italia

Tomato open day in San Marzano

The first Open Day organized in Campania by TSI Italia was a success. Many operators visited the Pagano Antonio facility (Coop. La Rosa Rossa) in San Marzano sul Sarno (SA). Degustibus TSI Italia is focusing on Campania more and more, so much so that there are two technical-commercial agents in the area - siblings Elena and…

The first seeds produced at BASF's advanced center in Ethiopia hit the market

The first seeds produced at BASF’s new state-of-the-art production facility in Ethiopia enter the global vegetable seed market. Located in the country’s Amhara region, the facility offers ideal year-round production conditions for sweet pepper, tomato and cucumber. It is BASF’s first high-tech greenhouse…

Davis College of Agriculture

Embrace the resistance: WVU researchers eye development of tomato with insecticide-resistant trait

Always near the top of the list for having the most pesticide residue, tomatoes have few ways of protecting themselves from pests.  Now, one West Virginia University researcher is confident he will be able to develop a tomato that requires little to no pesticides. Vagner Benedito, associate professor of biochemical…

Landmark field trials show potential of gene editing

Field trials investigating healthy compounds in agronomically important brassica crops have underlined the "immense potential" of gene-editing technology, say researchers. The…

Dutch agriculture counsellor visits East West Seed Indonesia

Agriculture Counsellor, Joost van Uum together with the Economic team of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands visited PT East West Seed Indonesia (EWINDO) on Friday, June 11th at Purwakarta, West Java. On agroberichtenbuitenland.nl a report of the visit was shared.  Traveling from Jakarta to Purwakarta…

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DNA variation in a diversity panel of tomato genetic resources

A diversity panel of 190 National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) accessions was genotyped using genotyping by sequencing. These originated from 31…

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Webinar: designing, implementing and managing a hybrid crops

A three-day workshop, Designing, Implementing and Managing a Breeding Program for Hybrid Crops, sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agronomy and…

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How farmers and scientists strive for more flavor

"Flavor is a re-emerging trend, without a doubt," says Franco Fubini, founder of fruit and vegetable supplier Natoora. You might be surprised that flavor ever went out of fashion. But finding truly tasty fruit and vegetable varieties can be difficult.  Prof Harry Klee of Florida University's horticultural…

Fenix on their intraspecific hybrids

"More vigor and strength thanks to rootstocks"

Fenix, the Sicilian seed company based at the foot of Etna, has always worked on projects dedicated to the development of rootstocks for professional vegetable plants. Recently, it has begun to study the application of intraspecific hybrids to improve vigor management and maintain quality characteristics…

Increasing output and availability

California Giant announces partnership to boost berry innovation

California Giant Berry Farms and OnePointOne announce their strategic partnership aimed at increasing berry output and availability through vertical farming and data-driven berry cultivation. Silicon Valley based OnePointOne has developed automated, indoor, vertical farming technology that offers…

Teaching crop a success at Western Sydney University

Grown in Western Sydney University’s high-tech greenhouse, the crop used for teaching students in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses is yielding a bountiful harvest. The crop of snacking capsicums is being grown in the National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre’s 450 m2 teaching bay. Three new…

HOdds changes name to Variety Matching

Matching the right variety with the right customer

Today Pascale Tammes, owner of HOdds, announced that her company is changing its name. HOdds, which has been scouting for innovative and better tomato varieties for tomato producers and supermarkets since 2014, will continue its activities under the appropriate name Variety Matching. The right variety for…

New research demystifies evolution of defense mechanisms in plants

Immobile organisms, plants have needed to evolve ingenious and highly specific defenses to threats, such as predators. These defenses come in the form of chemicals known as specialized metabolites and are responsible for the plant kingdom’s rich source of drugs, poisons, and dyes. The factors that…

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Israeli black tomato wins top award at AgroMashov 2021

A new Israeli black tomato from Gedera Seeds was selected by judges at the Fresh AgroMashov 2021 Agriculture Exhibition as this year's top tomato. The tomato is noted for its distinct appearance and taste. It was highlighted at this year's Fresh AgroMashov exhibition (mashov is Hebrew for "feedback") in…

Variety CIVNB557

"The Lycia® strawberry is the new benchmark variety for the Verona and Romagna area"

CIV has always been involved in developing new varieties of June-bearing strawberries with high chilling requirements suitable for both Northern Italian and transalpine climates (e.g. France, Germany, England, Holland, etc.). The Ferrara’s Consortium presents Lycia® CIVNB557*, a new variety boasting…

Organic Alberta

CAN: Demand for organic seed treatment rises

Production of organic field crops is growing in Canada. France-based Roquette, for example, is keen to increase organic pea production this year to feed its Manitoba processing facility where plant-based protein ingredients are being produced. In 2020, for the first time, more acres of organic hemp were…

Automatic germination test provides insight into tomato seed quality

How many healthy tomato plants will a seed lot yield? Researchers from Agro Food Robotics at Wageningen University & Research have developed an automatic germination test that gives seed breeders and growers quick and objective answers to this question, saving cost and increasing efficiency. Growers like…

Deeper tomato colour to encourage repeat purchases

How tomatoes taste is becoming increasingly important. Supermarkets are considering their tomato assortments very deliberately. The range is very extensive, so the focus is no longer on expansion. Now it is on deepening the tomato assortment and encouraging repeat purchases. On the one hand, the emphasis…

Gautier Semences

France: varieties resistant to new Bremia Bl:37EU strain available on the market

On Tuesday, June 1st 2021, IBEB-EU made official the new Bremia BI:37EU race in Europe. Gautier Semences already offers a range of Bremia Bl:37EU-resistant varieties on the market of course, as well as lettuce-resistant to Fusarium Fol:1 and/or Fol:4, for maximum safety. Aware of the major challenge…

The best strawberries to grow in hot locations

It's strawberry season in many parts of the U.S, and supermarkets are teeming with these fresh heart-shaped treats. Although the bright red, juicy fruit can grow almost…

Free covered crop energy webinars

The Bioenergy Association and Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) are hosting three webinars for covered crop growers. The webinars will provide growers with…

Special Breeding at HortiDaily this month

A new month has started, which means a new special. In June our special will be focused on breeding. Breeding is an ongoing industry which is continuously developing. Resistances are an important subject in horticulture, especially with viruses like ToBRFV. The Pure Flavor RedRoyals Cherry Tomatoes on…

China: Fossils provide new insights into origin of flowering plants

Flowering plants dominate most terrestrial ecosystems, providing the bulk of human food. However, their origin has been a mystery since the earliest days of evolutionary thought.  Angiosperm flowers are hugely diverse. The key to clarifying the origin of flowers and how angiosperms might be related to other…

A new generation takes up tomato breeding tradition

Dean Williams can’t park his Subaru Outback in his garage anymore. He’s turned that space in his Huntington, West Virginia home into a makeshift tomato nursery. Dozens of baby…

Gene research on brassicas provides potential for making better crops

Scientists have used gene technology to understand more about the make-up of the evolution of brassicas – paving the way for bigger and more climate resilient yields from this group of crops that have been grown for thousands of years. The research led to scientists being able to develop an adaptable…

Ruvid

Study: crops can adapt to grow in the shade

New research reveals that a majority of crops plan ahead for a lack of light and modify their growth to acclimatise and prosper. After detecting the proximity of vegetation, some plants, including most of the crops we eat, can plan for conditions of shade in their surroundings and modify their structure…

How gene-edited crops are regulated around the world: a scholarly review

Genome editing in agriculture and food is leading to new, improved crops and other products. Depending on the regulatory approach taken in each country or region, the commercialization of these crops and products may or may not require approval from the respective regulatory authorities.  Genome editing is…

"Microorganisms have the greatest potential for deploying gene technology in farming"

Gene-editing techniques are booming. With continued improvements, higher editing success rates and cheaper methods are expected. The positive applications include higher…

Growing heritage through traditional Asian vegetables

A group of faculty, staff, and alumni from UC Santa Cruz are drawing upon and strengthening their cultural heritage and connection to Asian foodways to cultivate traditional vegetables, build community, and promote agroecological and socioecological diversity and representation.  Scott Chang-Fleeman first…

How plants leave behind their parents’ genomic baggage

Passing down a healthy genome is a critical part of creating viable offspring. But what happens when you have harmful modifications in your genome that you don’t want to pass down? Baby plants have evolved a method to wipe the slate clean and reinstall only the modifications that they need to grow and…

Scientists discover how to alter colour and ripening rates of tomatoes

The production of fruit is a vital process for plants because it enables them to reproduce and thrive. One strategy that plants use to ensure that their fruit is successful is to give them a colorful appearance so that they are attractive to animals for seed dispersal. In tomato, the fruit ripening…

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China strives for self-sufficiency, also in seed breeding

Taking the vision of creating a "Silicon Valley" for the Chinese seed industry, the Nanfan Technology City aims to create a new engine for the innovation and development of the seed industry with science and technology as the core.  Nanfan, meaning breeding in the south in Chinese, has become the country's…

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Scientists discover genetic data that makes plants survive longer

Growing food despite droughts

University of California scientists have discovered genetic data that will help food crops like tomatoes and rice survive longer, more intense periods of drought on our warming planet. Over the course of the last decade, the research team sought to create a molecular atlas of crop roots, where plants first detect the effects of…

U.S. fresh strawberry production expands with newer varieties

To keep up with growing consumer demand for strawberries, U.S. fresh strawberry production has increased over the last two decades (from 2000 to 2019). In the United States,…

Bejo

"Gene editing technologies help us develop plant protecting traits"

Corteva agriscience and Bejo sign agreement on genome editing

Dutch vegetable seed breeder Bejo has entered into a non-exclusive research and commercial license agreement with global agriculture company Corteva Agriscience and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a U.S.-based biomedical and genomic research center. Through the agreement, Bejo will access…

Variety resistance stops race change challenges in spinach

Varietal resistance to spinach downy mildew is now one of the most important selection criteria in variety choice for the UK’s specialist growers, according to Syngenta leafy salad specialist, Rosemary Atwood. The announcement of two new official races of the spinach downy mildew pathogen (Peronospora…

Two publications on molecular plant stretching mechanisms

Coping with warmth: how plants adapt to rising temperatures

In two publications, Utrecht biologists and international colleagues describe processes used by plants to adapt to warmth. The discoveries provide insights into how plants function optimally under suboptimal high temperatures. It also could provide a stepping stone towards controlling the growth of…

New peppers showcased are suited for Mexican market and climate

With two new products, Top Seeds International, the international company specializing in the research and marketing of innovative hybrid varieties of high-quality vegetables, has expanded its range of peppers for the Mexican market. The two new varieties are Top Isabel and Top Nadia, a yellow and a red…

Inari SEEDesign™ platform

Inari raises over $200 million to unlock the full potential of seed

Inari announced today it has raised $208 million in the successful completion of its latest fundraise, bringing its cumulative equity raised to more than $352 million. With…

Rijk Zwaan’s colourful Sweet Palermo pointed pepper mix is back in season

New pepper family member in chocolate color called "Chocolony"

Now that the Dutch pepper-growing season is in full swing, the entire color mix of Sweet Palermo pointed peppers is available once again, including the eye-catching chocolate-colored ‘Chocolony’. Last year, vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan released a video showcasing the unique color mix of its…

Tomato miniplum Miele F1, a real aid to face ToBRFV

Biotic adversities invading the tomato growing landscape are numerous and frequent. For the past couple of years Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) (discovered in Israel - 2014 and first isolated in Jordan, -2015) belonging to the Tobamovirus genus, has been present. The virus high contagiousness…

Virus-free sweet potatoes growing in Bejing greenhouse

The ends of the green stems are connected with new leaves, and one seedling is next to each other in the experimental bottle. In the cultivation room of Xisen Sanhe Potato, "virus-free" potato seedlings are being bred and grown at a suitable temperature and humidity. Since 2018, Xisen Sanhe Potato has…

Study on development of simple and low-resource regeneration system of two Greek tomato varieties

Native tomato landrace varieties (Solanum lycopersicum L.) are sources of high genetic diversity and are adaptable to local environmental conditions. The in vitro propagation…

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IN: New nutrient-rich tomato and eggplant varieties developed

Punjab, known as the granary of India, has come up with few improved crop and vegetable varieties that are rich in nutrients and can make great contributions to the nutritional requirements of the country’s population. ‘PAU 1 Chapatti’ with low polyphenols & outstanding processing qualities has been…

Commission study on novel genomic techniques confirms need for policy change

Euroseeds welcomes the conclusions of the Commission study on Novel Genomic Techniques. Based on the findings of this study an urgent action from Commission and Member States…


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