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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…

Monika Wisniewska | Dreamstime.com

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…

Panuruangjan | Dreamstime.com

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…

William van der Riet to connect chain parties for Axia

Axia Vegetable Seeds welcomes William van der Riet as Business Initiator - his main focus will be connecting parties in the chain. He has already gained a lot of experience in this area after having worked (internationally) in herbs, vine tomatoes and even in micro-algae. Agricultural rootsWilliam has…

"infringement on free movement of seeds and finished products"

Plantum expresses concern about French proposal to ban “in vitro mutagenesis”

On May 6, the French ministry submitted a "Draft Decree" to the European Commission. It states that France considers products of “in vitro mutagenesis” as regulated GMOs. Specifically, it is proposing to ban a number of herbicide tolerant rapeseed varieties in France. This proposal has triggered a…

Spain

New zucchini variety for raw consumption to be cultivated in greenhouses of El Ejido

In a recent visit to the facilities of the Cohorsan cooperative, owned by Unica Group, the mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, had the chance to take a first-hand look at…

UF/IFAS

Specialty pepper with better root-knot nematodes resistance

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year business in Florida, bell peppers are also an important crop, especially in the southeast and…

De Ruiter Seeds

Prioritizing customer safety, De Ruiter now offers virtual tours

Meeting and “events” look a little different these days, but while in-person glasshouse tours are on hold, that doesn’t mean the pause button gets hit on collaboration and innovations in the glasshouse industry, too. Now, more than ever it’s important to connect with all areas of the glasshouse industry.…

Israeli scientists develop a tomato that fights degenerative eye diseases

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem reported that a team of Israeli scientists has developed Xanthoma, a new tomato variety that can help fight degenerative eye diseases. This…

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…


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