Image: Xingang Wang/Lippman lab, CSHL/2021

For tomato genes, one plus one doesn't always make two

Both people and tomatoes come in different shapes and sizes. That is because every individual has a unique set of genetic variations—mutations—that affect how genes act and function. Added together, millions of small genetic variations make it hard to predict how a particular mutation will impact any…

Inci Dannenberg, Bayer:

"Technology to help growers seize glasshouse opportunities"

Although there are differences between the European and the American glasshouse industry, with one focusing more on the retail market and the other one traditionally being focused on the foodservice, opportunities for glasshouse growers abound, says Inci Dannenberg, the new Global Head of Vegetable Seeds…

WUR

The DNA of lettuce unravelled: in 6000 years from weed to beloved vegetable

Iceberg lettuce, oakleaf lettuce, romaine, and all other lettuces that we eat nowadays, descend from wild plants that were modified 6000 years ago in the Caucasus so that plant oil could be harvested from the seeds. After the ancient Greek and Romans further bred the plants to use them as leafy…

University scientists use AI technology to breed better-tasting strawberries

A tastier strawberry may come from a computer. New University of Florida research shows artificial intelligence can help scientists breed more flavor into the fruit.  Consumer panels…

Antioxidant-rich purple tomato launched

The new Oregon State University-developed tomato Midnight Roma follows in the steps of 10-year-old Indigo Rose, the first antioxidant-rich purple tomato available on the market. Indigo Rose was bred by Jim Myers, vegetable breeder and professor in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences. Midnight Roma is…

"Mentoring a new generation of tomato breeders in the Philippines"

The Bureau of Plant Industry - Los Baños national crop research, development, and production support center in the Philippines is presently conducting a project entitled,…

UGA student investigates history of tomato breeding

Why have modern tomatoes lost their flavor?

Why do tomatoes seem to have lost their flavor? Why do some dishes call for ketchup when cooking with tomatoes? These are a couple of the questions that Qian Feng, a second-year University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences doctoral candidate, seeks to answer through her…

EU commission pressed to regulate new plant breeding techniques

A large coalition of NGOs, campaign groups, farmers, and business organizations have written to vice president of the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, calling on him to ensure…

Researchers identify gene that helps plants sense heat

Discovery is key to creating heat-tolerant crops

Warmer temperatures signal to plants that summer is coming. Anticipating less water, they flower early then lack the energy to produce more seeds, so crop yields are lower.  “We need plants that can endure warmer temperatures, have a longer time to flower and a longer growth period,” said UCR botany and plant…

Nature.com

First known gene transfer from plant to insect identified

A pernicious agricultural pest owes some of its success to a gene pilfered from its plant host millions of years ago. The finding, reported today in Cell1, is the first known example of a natural gene transfer from a plant to an insect. It also explains one reason why the whitefly Bemisia tabaci is so…

Galiano pepper beats Spanish cold

Galiano, Top Seeds International’s pepper variety recommended for medium-late transplanting, has successfully resisted the record-breaking cold that hit Spain in early January. The low temperatures caused considerable headaches for growers, whose crops were under severe risk. A problem that did not…

Meet the newest members of the Sweet Palermo family

Thanks to our intensive breeding programme at Rijk Zwaan and close collaboration with our partners, we are able to continuously develop new high-quality Sweet Palermo varieties in order to further strengthen the brand. On Thursday 25 March, the names of the newest Sweet Palermo varieties were officially…

Study: "Strawberry flavor influenced by the air temperature differential during fruit development but not management practices"

The majority of cultivated strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa) in the northern United States (US) and Canadian provinces is grown in perennial matted rows across a range of…

Maraldi Sementi

Pioneers in the research on wild rocket

Before the Sele plain (Salerno) became the most important hub in Europe for agricultural productions destined to the fresh-cut industry, Maraldi Sementi was already studying and applying genetic improvement to various baby leaves, especially wild rocket, introducing new cultivars on the market. Thanks to…

CGMMV resistant varieties discussed at online event

On Wednesday March 24th, the De Ruiter team had the pleasure of inviting all French cucumber partners to an online event dedicated to the cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) and De Ruiter varieties that have CGMMV resistance. Approximately 25 participants from the different cucumber branches…

Celebrity tomato latest Texas Superstar

The Celebrity tomato, long recognized as the variety by which all new tomatoes are measured, was named the latest Texas Superstar plant. Larry Stein, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife…

Comparative study of tomato hybrids and inbred lines for fruit quality traits

Tomato is one of the most consumed fruit vegetables globally and is a high dietary source of minerals, fiber, carotenoids, and vitamin C. The tomato is also well known for its…

Canada exempts gene-edited plants from regulatory review

Gene-edited plants differ from traditional GMOs because the method used to modify their genetic codes differs, and they often don’t contain DNA from another organism. Older…

Kochi firm develops technology to use genome editing in crops with genetic modification

A group of scientists at AgriGenome Labs in Kerala’s Kochi city has used the popular genome editing technology - CRISPR Cas9 - to change the colour of tomato to yellow and…

Federation of Seed Industry of India expresses disappointment on response to transgenic crop trials

Dr. Shivendra Bajaj, Executive Director, Federation of Seed Industry of India and Alliance for Agri Innovation said, “We are disappointed by the Ministry of Environment,…

World vegetable center

Study of chilli genetics could lead to greater variety on our plates

Scientists investigating the genetics of chilli pepper species have discovered a whole host of new chilli hybrids that can be grown by crossing domesticated peppers with their wild cousins. This will allow plant breeders to create new varieties that have better disease resistance and could increase…

"Seedless fruit is not something new"

Let’s admit it—we really don’t like seeds. That is not universally true, of course. After all, many food items are actually seeds (beans, peas, rice, corn, coffee, cacao) or come from seeds (flour, oil), and we need seeds to propagate many plants. However, when it comes to grapes, watermelon, banana,…

High tech tissue culture lab housed in 40’ shipping container

Rootstock supplier Fairplant and tissue culture specialist ViVi, part of Visser Horti Systems, work together as strategic partners to implement a new innovation for the blueberry tissue culture market. Three 40ft containers with a fully functioning micropropagation laboratory inside will be the…

Two biotech companies collaborate in research on non-coding DNA influencing gene expression

"Creating better gene expression in crops"

Annogen, the Amsterdam based biotech company behind the SuRE technology, and KeyGene, the Wageningen based research company developing innovative technologies for crop improvement, are to collaborate in identifying non-coding DNA fragments in plants’ genomes that influence the expression of important…

How crop diversification helped farmers in Punjab

Farmers from Punjab, most of whom are caught in the loop of wheat and paddy production, are spearheading an insurgency against new farm laws. Crop diversification, though, may…

New collaboration in research on non-coding DNA influencing gene expression

Annogen, the Amsterdam based biotech company behind the SuRE™ technology for the functional annotation of the non-coding part of the genome, and KeyGene, the Wageningen-based research company developing innovative technologies for crop improvement, are to collaborate in identifying non-coding DNA…

ChileBio

Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers are using gene editing to breed hardier varieties of staple crops and fruits, according to an Alliance for Science Live webinar.Right: Researcher…

Juan Labastida, Enza Zaden Mexico:

“Growth is the word that describes Mexican horticulture best”

“Growth is the word that would describe recent developments in Mexican horticulture best,” says Juan Labastida with Enza Zaden Mexico, adding that consumer demand has been the biggest boost for the growth of the sector. Recently, the breeding company announced a collaboration with Mexican seed…

Study on physico-biochemical characterization of mini-tomatoes and internal preference mapping

The choice of promising parents represents a crucial step in developing improved cultivars in breeding programs for mini-tomatoes, highly demanded miniature vegetables. The…

Image: Zach Lippman

"Are CRISPR plants GMOs?"

The Nobel Prize-winning gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 is revolutionizing agriculture and adding a new dimension to the policy debate over how governments classify GMOs (genetically modified organisms). In a break from the European Union, which historically has tightly regulated genetically modified foods, the UK government has…

Model predicts gene responses to cold across diverse plant species

When Xiaoxi Meng and Zhikai Liang first proposed the idea a couple of years ago, James Schnable was skeptical. To say the least. “‘Well, you can try, but I don’t think it’s going to work,’” the associate professor of agronomy and horticulture recalled saying to Meng and Liang, then postdoctoral…

Collaborating to create resources for greenhouse Camelina

“Our field has changed dramatically from when I was growing up,” says Seth Polydore, Postdoctoral Associate in the Data Science Core Facility. “The important thing is that I keep growing as a scientist and building my skills. I want to latch myself on to the important projects that will have an impact on…

Photo by Agratecus

"The tool that revolutionized plant breeding and brought GMOs into agriculture"

A plywood-mounted transformer, a voltmeter-equipped wand and a pair of bulbous vacuum tubes might appear to be just a random collection of components. But Brian Martinell and Dennis McCabe turned them into a tool that would revolutionize plant breeding and help usher in genetic engineering in…

Fenix presents the new 2021 professional seeds catalog

The Sicilian seed company Fenix is proud to present the new 2021 professional seeds catalog. The first section of the new catalog is dedicated to basil, due to its relevance and the many varieties available that are suitable to satisfy every possible company need. Between the hybrids of basil you will find…

"Old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits"

New Vitalis Organic Seeds tomato lineup:  Mixologist Collection

Vitalis Organic Seeds announces their newly developed breed of tomatoes in its Mixologist Collection, now available to growers in the United States. "Mixologist offers the perfect mix of old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits. Explore the myriad of reasons to enjoy the craft and quality…

Ismael Segura, CEO of Ecoinver:

"The greatest competitive advantage lies in varietal aspects"

The tomato segment offers a wide range of varieties and specialties that provide not only diversification, but also added value to this vegetable, one of the most consumed and produced in the world and the one that generates the greatest value worldwide, according to FAO data. “What retailers are looking…

Arjan van Steekelenburg, Hazera, on new variety Camelot:

"Soundness of new snack tomato is mainly its shelf life"

In European supermarkets, the sales of snack tomatoes are increasing rapidly by approx. 20% per year. In The Netherlands, snack tomatoes have a market share of nearly 38%. “At Hazera we are constantly looking for solutions to tackle the challenges of the supply chain,” says Produce Chain and Business…

US scientists develop methods to improve molecular identification in plants

Uncovering the complex associations among genes, proteins, and the molecules they produce in a living organism can be a monumental task. Some scientists may devote entire careers to one particular protein and spend decades tracking a handful of metabolic pathways. They’re often faced with mountains of…

Large, sweet and will ripen in winter

UC Davis releases two new strawberry varieties

Red, ripe strawberries are the hallmark of spring in California. Two new varieties from the Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, will provide consumers with big, flavorful strawberries throughout fall and winter, too. “These cultivars were developed to provide…

Two new climate-proof cultivars of strawberries

Red, ripe strawberries are the hallmark of spring in California. Two new varieties from the Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, will provide consumers with big, flavorful strawberries throughout fall and winter, too. “These cultivars were developed to provide…

Spanish acreage and yield on the rise:

"Labor issues make pepper a more and more attractive crop"

Labor issues in the Spanish greenhouse industry have urged many tomato growers to switch to a different crop. For this reason, the pepper acreage in Spain has expanded. “Pepper is becoming a more and more attractive crop which allows growers to diversify and stay profitable,” says Carlos Herrerias López,…

SAIS Sementi:

"Aroma is still the hallmark of a quality basil"

The market for fresh herbs is increasing at a fast pace, gaining markets as consumers become more interested in a healthy food experience. In Germany, the largest market in Europe for imported fresh herbs, the import value increased with 42% from 2015 to 2019. The most popular fresh herb in Europe is basil,…

University and grower together research strawberry technologies

Building on its 163-year tradition of innovation, Oppy is set to conduct two independent trials exploring the viability of new technologies that aim to further advance…

Fresh basil: an increasing market for high aroma products

The market of fresh herbs is increasing in a fast pace. Fresh herbs are gaining market as consumer are becoming more interested in food experience. In Germany, the largest market of Europe for imported fresh herbs, the import value is increasing of 42% from 2015 to 2019 . The most popular fresh herbs in…

Meet the team, see their products at their virtual event HishTag- Feb. 1-4, 2021

Hishtil brings its IPM booth to you

The IPM Essen might not take place this year, one can still visit the booth of Hishtil. They've rebuilt their booth virtually and the entire sales team and professionals team will be available to show the products and answer all questions. They called the event HishTag and it will take place from…

NordGen’s seed laboratory: Svalbard Global Seed Vault/Riccardo Gangale.

"The number of seed requests have increased this year"

The number of seed samples requested from NordGen has increased a lot the last few months. In the last two years, the number of distributed seed samples has almost doubled.…


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