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Malaysian growers urged to plant succesful local pepper variety

New pepper planters in Sarawak, Malaysia, are encouraged to plant the Kuching or Semongok Aman variety. Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Willie Mongin said the cultivation of the ‘Kuching’ variety is for white pepper and the ‘Semongok Aman’ variety for black pepper. “Our…

James Cornies joins North American seed company

Van den Bosch Seeds announces James Cornies as new crop specialist for Ontario. James Cornies will be responsible for customer relations in his home province of Ontario, and his role will include product and variety technical support to greenhouse vegetable growers. For thirty years, James owned and…

EU: Longer CPVR protection for technically challenging crops

Breeders of asparagus, flower bulbs, woody small fruits, and woody ornamentals will soon enjoy a 30-year protection term under the Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR). The…

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Innovation fuels China's seed industry

Innovative agricultural products, ranging from 40-kg watermelons to screw-like chilies, have caught the eyes of visitors to the ongoing Tianjin International Seed Expo 2021, which opened Saturday in north China's Tianjin Municipality. China has made the development of the seed industry a major task of…

Concerns in India about delay approval of gene-editing guidelines

India Agriculture Advancement Group (IAAG) International writes to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, expressing serious concern on the inordinate delay in the…

European Commission publishes roadmap on legislative initiative for plants produced by genome editing

On September 24, 2021, the European Commission published its roadmap to develop a legislative initiative for plants produced by certain genome editing techniques. This…

Incotec at Euroseeds 18-20 October

Microplastic-free film coatings for vegetable seeds coming soon

At stand number 20 in the Euroseeds Congress (Prague, 18-20 October), Incotec is providing information on the newest in sustainable solutions, including the forthcoming range of microplastic-free film coatings for vegetable seeds. The new products, soon to be introduced, are part of an expanding range of…

BC farmer stresses importance of local seed varieties

‘No food security without seed security’

Local seed varieties are key to protecting the genetic diversity of crops, according to Island seed growers. Metchosin Farm is cleaning and saving about 120 different seed varieties this season, all locally grown open-pollinated heirloom varieties. “We do quite a wide range of seeds, so we have your…

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Seeds of change: a systems-based approach to plant breeding

Under the Farm to Fork strategy, the European Commission has set a target for at least 25 % of agricultural land in the EU to be under organic farming by 2030. This is an important element of the European Green Deal. Achieving this goal will require the development and dissemination of new organic…

Westland Seeds brings 5 new varieties to the market

North American supermarkets desire more colors of snack peppers

Dutch breeding company Westland Seeds has been selling snack pepper varieties to the North American market for the past ten years. "Our varieties have shown a big advantage over competitor varieties, and in the upcoming season, we're offering five different colors," says Iwan van Vliet, managing director…

UK debate on gene editing sparks

The Environment Secretary George Eustice has announced changes to the regulation of gene-edited crop trials for research purposes. The Government state this change could be implemented as early as the end of the year.  The John Innes Centre welcomes the proposed changes, which will allow field trials of genome-edited crops, where…

Beijing Yanqing Potatoes: growing virus-free potatoes in a greenhouse

"How many seed potatoes would you like to purchase? Okay, I will mark it out for you." Still a month to go before the large-scale potato planting in the northern region. Mr. Li Yanming, general manager of Beijing Xisen Sanhe Potato, is called every day many times to help buyers to place the orders as…

Pepperstorm F1, the strong and productive grafting for sweet pepper

Fenix proposes a new grafting for sweet peppers crops, which improves the quality of the fruits. We’re talking about Pepperstorm F1, a sweet pepper intraspecific hybrid (Capsicum annuum L. X Capsicum anuum L.) characterized by the strong, productive push it brings to the plant. It can suit with different…

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UK ready to pave the way for gene-edited crops

The UK government is to relax the regulation of gene-edited crops to enable commercial growing in England. The plants are to be tested and assessed in the same way as conventional new varieties. Environment Secretary George Eustice said that he would be working closely with farming and environmental…

Price of genetically modified tomato fixed at more than $68 per Kg

The price of the world s first genetically modified tomato has been fixed at $68 or more than Rs11000 per kg. According to foreign media, Japan has developed the world’s first tomato that has been further improved by making fundamental changes to its genome. This tomato has been dubbed ‘Sicilian Ruff…

Feedback request on EU policy roadmap:

"Legislation for plants produced by certain new genomic techniques"

The European Commission is currently consulting stakeholders on its inception impact assessment and policy roadmap for future legislation for plants produced by certain new genomic techniques. The feedback period is open until 22 October 2021. This initiative will propose a legal framework for plants…

Punjad farmer receives prize for hybrid chilies

Gurbir Singh, a farmer of Bhorshi Rajputan village, has made a mark in progressive farming. He is a well-known vegetable seed and nursery seller in the area. Narrating his story of struggle, Gurbir said he was unable to continue his studies due to the unfortunate death of his father in a road accident in…

New player in seed technology develops technology for seed drying with less stress

Building on its experience in the seed breeding business, Croonwolter&dros decided three years ago to look into the development of seed technology. The large Dutch technical services provider established its own brand with Premium Seeds Machines. In their first year of existence they already built and…

Dutch growers updated on new varieties, ToBRFV research and Data Driven Growing

Organized for the Dutch market, Syngenta's Inspiration Day recently took place in the port of Rotterdam. In between imposing container ships, a large group of Dutch growers was received at Futureland. The turnout was great. So much so that it had to be split into two groups to ensure a corona-proof…

"We believe growers should choose tools and practices that suit them"

Bayer to launch organic vegetable seeds portfolio

Bayer today announced that it will expand its vegetable seeds offerings under the new Vegetables by Bayer umbrella to include organically produced seeds. The launch will focus on certified organic production in three key crops for the greenhouse and glasshouse market: tomato, sweet pepper, and cucumber.…

Alessandro Montanarella

Tomato variety suitable for all European climate zones

Summer 2021 was rather unpredictable and it caused crises in various areas all over the Italian peninsula due to over 500 extreme events such as downpours, floods, tornados, hailstorms, and heatwaves reaching peaks of over 40°C. The combination of heatwaves, drought, and prolonged high temperatures meant…

Bright dark green Sicilian courgettes for counter-seasonal cultivations

In the province of Ragusa, in the far south-eastern corner of Sicily, courgettes are grown in the off-season, in winter. They are cultivated in polytunnels and greenhouses. From Rosolini (Syracuse) to Palma di Montechiaro (Agrigento), and passing through the coastal areas of Ragusa and Caltanissetta, the…

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"GMO eggplant is a win for resource-poor farmers"

Insect-resistant brinjal, or eggplant, is arguably the most impactful project to bring agricultural biotechnology to resource-poor farmers, writes Joan Conrow with the Cornell Alliance for Science. Studies show that Bangladesh farmers, who began growing Bt brinjal commercially in 2014, have enjoyed a…

Texas A&M AgriLife turns up heat on U.S. hot pepper market

"New pepper practices, technologies could lead to lower production costs, higher demand"

Researcher shows off peppers grown using new agronomic practices and technologies. Photo provided by Kevin Crosby, Ph.D.New hot pepper agronomic practices and technologies…

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Japan: Genome-edited tomato goes on shelves

A start-up launched at the University of Tsukuba has started selling a tomato variety developed with genome editing technology, the first food product of this kind ever to be put on the Japanese market. Sanatech Seed Co. in Tokyo developed the variety by modifying genes so that it contains four to five…

Stronger lettuce stems are a key part of disease resistance

Lettuce drop is a lettuce disease that results in browning or wilting of leaves, plant collapse, and death. The disease has not been well-researched, but a new study shows that a stronger stem increases resistance to lettuce drop. This disease is caused by Sclerotinia spp., one of the most destructive…

Important growth of the strawberry variety Victory

September marks the end of the strawberry plant nursery season, a key phase for its subsequent transplantation in the production areas of southern Europe and Mediterranean arc countries. EL PINAR currently has a growing market share in this area, thanks to the rusticity and adaptation of its materials to…

Research on genes in CSHL greenhouse

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Jacob Goldfield Greenhouse provides an enclosed, ideal environment for plant biologists to conduct their research. CSHL Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator Zachary Lippman and his colleagues grow tomatoes, groundcherries, and a…

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Open Call for developing quality tool kits for soft fruit

The EU-funded research project BreedingValue, focusing on genetic resources in berries, has launched Open Call #4 for proposals on the development of methodological tool kits for sensorial quality assessment of berry genetic resources. The Open Call serves as a mechanism to transfer funding and knowledge from the project to European berry breeders and companies…

BASF presents experiences with a new cucumber variety

"UPstage is labor-friendly and vital from start to finish"

In 2020, BASF introduced a new variety for the high-wire spring crop without artificial lighting: UPstage. Now spring 2021 is over,  it's time to share experiences with UPstage. Wijnen Square Crops started trialing UPstage on location in 2019 and chose UPstage as their main variety for spring 2021. “The past…

Two branches of plant immune response closely linked

Like animals, plants need to be on a constant lookout to recognize and respond to invasion by microbes. Plant immunity consists of two branches – the initial defense begins with the detection of invaders by receptors at the cell surface, while a second alarm pathway is triggered by receptors within the…

Improving tomato production and size to help growers increase their yield

Florida growers produced 606 million pounds of fresh-market tomatoes last year, which brought in $463 million in revenue. But with competition from places like Mexico, farmers are always looking for an edge – to grow more and bigger fruit. That’s why University of Florida scientist Tong Geon Lee spends…

20 September - 1 October

"A new highlight at this autumn demo is cos lettuce for hydroponic production"

A warm welcome to Rijkzwaan's Hydro Demo, which is taking place from 20 September to 1 October 2021, close to their open-field demo in Fijnaart. "We are expecting it to attract just as much interest as our very first Hydro Demo that was held in June of this year. A new highlight at this autumn demo is…

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New programmable gene editing proteins found outside of CRISPR systems

Within the last decade, scientists have adapted CRISPR systems from microbes into gene editing technology, a precise and programmable system for modifying DNA. Now, scientists at MIT’s McGovern Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have discovered a new class of programmable DNA modifying…

CAN: Where will the early promise of genetic editing take us?

Genetic editing as we know it today arose from a process referred to as CRISPR-Cas9. More than 10 years ago scientists discovered repetitive sequences of genetic code in bacteria. These sequences are part of the bacteria’s immune response to harmful organisms like bacteriophages. But for geneticists,…

More demand for production varieties in the European snack tomato segment

There is plenty that tomato growers have to deal with. No wonder the digital version of the Enza Zaden Tomato House Fair attracted at least as much attention as the physical version did earlier this summer. In the next few weeks, the breeder is organizing another House Fair. ToBRFV virus, increasing…

Redpath unlocks doors to faster blueberry breeding

A love of plants and biology steered Lauren Redpath to North Carolina State University, and the knowledge and skills she’s gained in plant genetics and advanced molecular research recently helped her launch a career in crop improvement. In July, the Ph.D. candidate began working as a scientist at…

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"Consumers are able to recognize the differences between hydroponically and conventionally grown tomatoes"

"Hydroponics is a more environmentally friendly and economical way of growing crops that allows crops to be grown year-round. Tomatoes grown in this way should have a more pronounced aroma and flavor, and the fact that they are harvested at the ripe stage should also be reflected in the fresh red color…

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Cuba: Implementing breeding program to develop new varieties of crops

New varieties have gone on to be nationally licensed in Cuba this year and subsequently registered in the global database, managed by the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. Tomatoes and soybeans are enjoyed in cuisines all around the world – and demand for them…

Turkey amends import requirements for fear of New Delhi virus in tomato and pepper seeds

The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is amending import requirements for tomato, pepper and pumpkin seeds from all countries into Turkey. "Tomato leaf curl New…

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Growing conditions were 'almost perfect' for tomatoes this season

"Hot days and minimal amounts of rain have made for bumper crops," said Abby Shepler, Rochester Farmers Market manager. No sooner does sweet corn peak than it is time to start enjoying fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes.  "This year, growing conditions were almost perfect," says Abby Shepler, Rochester Farmers Market…

Ghana: Tomato growers introduced to TYLC resistant varieties

Tomato farmers in the Agortime-Ziope District of the Volta Region have been introduced to five new varieties of tomatoes to boost crop production in the area. The five varieties have been developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), as part of…

Jeremy Sisson with Sakata Seed America on STM2255

“This round tomato variety ticks all the boxes”

Earlier this month, Sakata Seed America held its annual field days in Salinas (cold crops) and Woodland (warm crops), California. FreshPlaza attended the Woodland field trials and one of the featured crops was tomato variety STM2255 that was introduced to the US market in the spring of 2019. “It is a…

Brazil startup focuses on tomato molecule to treat bad cholesterol

Researchers from the São Paulo startup Crop Biotecnologia have developed a platform to express peptides (amino acid molecules that make up proteins) in tomatoes for the…

Pyramiding genes into tomato hybrid to develop resistance against tomato leaf curl viruses

Tomato leaf curl virus (ToLCV) is a begomovirus transmitted by whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) and causes Tomato (yellow) leaf curl disease (TYLCD/ToLCD) in many parts of India and rest of the world resulting in huge economic losses. Many Ty genes identified either from wild and/or cultivated tomato, which…

Cypriot tomato germplasm as a roadmap for future breeding efforts

Despite the significance of tomatoes, a severe genetic bottleneck and intense selection of genotypes with specific qualitative traits have resulted in the prevalence of a restricted number of (geno)types, also causing a lack of diversity across widespread cultivated types. As a result, the re-emergence…

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Data-driven breeding increases prediction accuracy in a challenging environment

Crop breeding must embrace the broad diversity of smallholder agricultural systems to ensure food security to the hundreds of millions of people living in challenging production environments. This need can be addressed by combining genomics, farmers’ knowledge, and environmental analysis into a…

New study may help to make spinach leaves look like lettuce

A new study could help introduce innovations in the food industry as it could help change the shape of the salad leaves as one desires. Plants have either ‘simple’ or ‘compound’ leaves. A mango tree, for example, is considered to possess ‘simple’ leaves because they have a single, intact leaf blade. A…

It started with a single tomato 42 years ago, and still continues

These tomatoes grown by Ruby Gettys originate from ones she was given over four decades ago. Gettys said 42 years ago at a greenhouse operated by the Rimels on Main Street in Cabool, a man from Licking had large tomatoes he had propagated. Her husband Dean Gettys came home with a tomato that weighed…

The Med Hermes Vegetable Seeds event took place in the province of Verona

New fresh market tomato line for northern Italy

The technical sales staff of Med Hermes Vegetable Seeds, a seed company independent of chemical and pharmaceutical groups, with its own dedicated genetic research and multinational activity, organized a field day on the afternoon of 20 July 2021 at the greenhouse company F.lli Accordi Renato & Figli, in…

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Fighting the tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus

Scientists find effective defence strategy by a resistant tomato cultivar

Scientists of the National Institute of Plant Genomics Research (NIPGR) have studied an effective defence strategy used by a resistant tomato cultivar against Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) that leads to severe losses in tomato yield worldwide, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) said on…

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Meet the 'seed detective' on a mission to save rare vegetables

Hidden amongst lush Welsh woods and fields of wildflowers, grows an assortment of rare vegetable varieties. They might look ordinary enough, but many have been saved from extinction. This plot is the work of Adam Alexander, a self-styled "seed detective" who tracks down rare plants, helping to preserve…

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Africa’s evolving vegetable seed sector: status, policy options and lessons from Asia

Considering the nutritional challenges facing the African continent, and the economic challenges of poverty and unemployment, it is essential to give higher priority to developing the vegetable sector. The rapid expansion of vegetable production and consumption in many Asian countries since the 1990s…

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Wave pattern of hormones dictates formation of lateral roots

Realistic computer model maps root growth

When you’re uprooting a plant, the network of plant roots often looks like an unorganized web. However, plant roots grow according to a fixed pattern: the main root grows downwards, with lateral roots emerging at certain intervals. Due to different amounts of nutrients and water in the soil, a lot of…

Bellatrix F1, the full sweetness of the cherry tomato

"The perfect balance between yield and quality, our tomato Bellatrix is the cherry suitable for autumn transplants," the team with Fenix says. "It is characterized by very high tolerance to cracking, in addition to the resistances against the Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) and root knot…

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Scientists working to turn poisonous plants into edible crops

Could we turn poisonous plants into edible crops? Well, we actually already eat several plants that are poisonous. Kidney beans, for example, contain the toxin phytohemagglutinin and just five beans are enough to give you vomiting and diarrhea – unless you cook them first. Plants have evolved to…

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Nigeria: "Quality of seed essential to improve yields"

The Association of Seed Scientists of Nigeria (ASSN), has urged the government and relevant organizations to encourage farmers to imbibe the use of high-quality seeds in farming. The ASSN President, Prof. Moruf Adebisi, made the call during the association’s 6th annual conference held at the Institute of…

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CRISPR sows seeds of change in agricultural biotechnology

Since its introduction in 2012, CRISPR-based genetic engineering technology has transformed biotechnology and opened new possibilities in biomedicine. Currently, CRISPR is driving development in yet another domain—agriculture. Although CRISPR has been slower to realize agricultural applications than…

NL: Handball player Estavana Polman baptizes new strawberry ABZ Seeds

On Saturday morning, 31st of July, a new seed-propagated strawberry variety was baptized at breeder ABZ Seeds in Andijk. During a festive gathering, none other than handball international Estavana Polman poured champagne over strawberry F1 'Estavana'. This officially introduced the new F1 hybrid…

Dutch seed breeding company hires three new employees

Eminent Seeds has added three new employees to the team in the past six months. Head of breedingWith Carmen Fernández del Pino López, Eminent Seeds has an experienced colleague in the breeding world. She guides the breeding team and is the driving force behind the tomato program. As her last name…


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