Breeding

Tomato analyzer software reveals phenotypic diversity in New Mexican chile peppers

New Mexico is one of the largest producers of chile pepper (Capsicum spp.) in the United States, with 51,000 tons of production in 2021 from an area of 8500 acres with average productivity of 6 tons/acres according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service. The average…

Colombian tropical seed bank protects seed biodiversity

The world lost 75 percent of its crop diversity during the twentieth century, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization says, making the protection of the biodiversity in crops key to feeding the planet’s ever-growing population.  

Seeds undergo radiation in space to explore biology and genetics for enhanced food security

Seeds launched into space in November last year have now been positioned inside and outside the International Space Station to be exposed to the full range of cosmic radiation and the extreme temperatures of space. This astrobotany investigation, an undertaking of the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture…

Towards Clavibacter-resistant tomato varieties

Everyone is talking about the brown rugose virus. After all, there are only very limited solutions for that, and it can be particularly devastating for a grower's bottom line. This doesn't mean that other nasty pathogens are kept at bay. There is one in particular for which no solution has been found…

Israeli company develops effortless simultaneous plant function measurements

In the past decades, breeders and scientists have primarily used manual means to measure and analyze specific plant growth and productivity factors, such as plants' responses to water stress, temperature, CO2 levels, etc. However, these processes were (and still are) very long, measuring plant-by-plant…

Saga Robotics looks back on last year

Saga Robotics announces that its autonomous robotic platform, Thorvald has had its biggest season to date, operating and treating strawberry plants at Clock House Farm with UV-C light to control powdery mildew. The ag-tech company achieved complete control of the pathogen by treating all of Clock House…

"Precision Breeding Bill could increase investment in UK crop innovation"

Legislation to be debated by Peers in the House of Lords over the coming weeks could help unlock the UK’s global leadership in plant genetic science and encourage additional investment in research to help address the most pressing agricultural challenges of today. According to Professor Mario Caccamo,…

10 new varieties launched in 2022

ToBRFV-resistant varieties were top of mind for many breeders in 2022, but plenty of other interesting new varieties are being bred.  Plenty of variety trials in Mexico and Canada: larger and more resistant varieties are the 'new standard'Anyone who has ever visited a large North American supermarket is familiar…

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"Broccoli leaves hold key to fighting crop disease"

Israeli researchers have developed a spray to protect crops based on the wax found on lotus and broccoli leaves. They simulated the anti-adhesive wax crystals on their leaves, which naturally prevent disease-bearing pathogens from attaching to the plant.    SafeWax, developed by Prof Boaz Pokroy and Prof Ester Segal of…


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