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Eminent Seeds introduces new Sweet bite varieties

The story of the Sweet bite: 20 years of baby point peppers

High yield, extended shelf life, tasty fruit and labor-saving are some of the specifications of the new baby point pepper varieties from Eminent Seeds. Especially Jan van Heijningen, specialty pepper pioneer and founder of Eminent Seeds, is very proud of the new varieties. "I was immediately impressed by…

Change in CPVO fees regulation as of 1st April 2020

A decision was taken by the European Commission in 2019 to update the CPVO fees regulation. This decision has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on…

Natchez and Ouachita blackberry varieties commercialised in Ukraine

The blackberry varieties Natсhez and Ouachita from the University of Arkansas soft-fruit breeding program will soon be registered in Ukraine. As licence holder of these varieties in Europe, Global Plant Genetics, is planning to commercialise Natсhez and Ouachita in Ukraine in co-operation with the local…

Special Service Supply

This month, there will be a new special on HortiDaily in which Service Supply will be the central topic. Related articles will be published in the newsletter on a daily basis in our international publications (FloralDaily…

More varieties specifically for high-wire cucumber production

There is a worldwide increase in high-wire cucumber production. This method results in not only bigger yields, but also more uniform fruits, which makes production planning easier for growers. However, growing cucumbers on a high-wire system involves a lot of labour. That is why vegetable breeding…

Matsui and Nanto become part of Japan Vegetable Seeds

Two new breeding specialists, Matsui and Nanto, have joined JVS Japan Vegetable Seeds, the joint venture established in 2017 by Nippon Norin Seed Co. Ltd, Kurume Vegetable…

Blackberry Varieties from the University of Arkansas

The popularity of blackberries has increased significantly in recent years. This is mainly down to the fact that new varieties have improved flavour over standard types that were grown in the past. The University of Arkansas has an impressive reputation when it comes to the breeding and production of…

Maraldi Sementi confirms commitment to innovative baby leaf varieties

After the field days at the beginning of December in the Piana del Sele at Valcalcer company, Maraldi Sementi presented his range of materials for Spanish and international markets. On the days of 3rd, 4th and 5th March at Pareje Santa Rosalia, Torre Pacheco (Murcia), Maraldi Sementi, in collaboration…

Extension of time limits in proceedings before the CPVO

On 24 March 2020 the President of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) has taken a "Decision concerning the extension of time limits" that fall in the period 17 March – 3…

Genetic variability of eggplant germplasm evaluated under open field and glasshouse cropping conditions

Knowledge of agro-morphological genetic variation and cropping conditions on vegetative and yield-related traits plays a significant role in varietal improvement and production of eggplant (Solanum melongena L.). Following this premise, a study was conducted to critically asses the genetic variation of…

Bart van der Valk (Zwingrow) on Jack Miller RZ:

"We had a good yield with an average fruit weight of 190 g"

After a successful first season with Jack Miller RZ, Rijk Zwaan caught up with Dutch grower, Bart van der Valk from Zwingrow, to learn and share his techniques and recipe for a winning season. This season, Zwingrow has filled its entire production area (13.5 ha) in the Westland region with Jack Miller RZ…

Spanish scientists discover how the tomato was able to increase its size by 100 times

A study carried out by scientists from the University of Almeria, published in the PNAS magazine, has discovered the genetic keys that allowed tomato to grow to its current…

Gene switch ENO identified as a tomato fruit regulator

A team of researchers from Spain, Germany and France has identified the gene switch ENO (excessive number of floral organs) as a tomato fruit regulator. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their use of gene sequencing and editing techniques…

Spinach: past, present and future

A large number of papers about spinach have been combined into a paper about the history of spinach. The paper, which was published in the journal Euphytica in February 2020, gives an overview from the domestication of spinach to current cultivars, as well as future perspectives. Spinach is an important…

New research examines consumer views on gene-edited products

The FMI Foundation in partnership with the American Seed Trade Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Farm Foundation, released a consumer research study…

Building a more resilient cucumber

Cucumber is plagued by numerous pests and diseases such as powdery mildew, CVYV, CYSDV, downy mildew (DM) and several others. Bal says they are indeed breeding for resistances to powdery mildew, CVYV and CYSDV. “Furthermore, we give a high priority to resistance to CGMMV, downy mildew, gummy stem blight…

Mathieu Billotte, Multibaies:

“French retailers demand locally grown blueberries”

Centra Blue, the new selection from New Zealand by the Plant and Food Research, can be found at the Multibaies nursery. Adapted to the French soil and weather conditions, it usually produces berries from the end of August - period which coincides with the end of the Polish production - until mid-October.…

"We aren’t good at picking candidate genes, and it’s slowing us down"

Recent advances have facilitated the generation of huge phenotypic datasets from plant populations. However, the means to inexpensively organise such datasets to unequivocally determine causal genes has evaded researchers. Baxter discusses how human bias when selecting candidate genes is compromising…

In 20 years, what will the cucumber look like?

As the breeding manuals say, the challenge is not to introduce a new trait but to do it in a strong chassis, underlines Abad. “The chassis is still the most important point in a cucumber variety with the right combination of regularity, earliness, yield, fruit quality and plant performance. Cucumber…

How scientists create new fruits and vegetables

There are thousands of different kinds of apples on the market, and 2,500 of those are grown in the United States, like the Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and America’s…

New findings unravel how plants control energy generation

Researchers at Western Sydney University and The Australian National University have discovered new chemical communication pathways that determine how a plant changes when it emerges from darkness in the soil to light. When plants are grown in the dark, they are white or pale-yellow because they lack the…

provisional name 'Skye'

UK: Newly released primocane raspberry RBC16P4 shortly available for commercial use

Plants of the newly released primocane raspberry RBC16P4 (provisionally named Skye) from James Hutton Limited (commercial subsidiary of the renowned James Hutton Institute) will shortly be available for commercial use. Global Plant Genetics represents certain James Hutton Limited raspberry varieties in…

Spanish scientists develop new eggplants resistant to climate change

In the framework of the EggpreBreed-II project, the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) is developing new eggplant seeds with improved resistance to extreme dry weather conditions and the crop's two most serious diseases: the Fusarium fungus and nematodes (worms), as the impact of these is expected…

Spanish researchers develop tomato plants resistant to Tomato spotted wilt virus

Through a technique regulating gene expression, a group of researchers from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (IBMCP) - mixed center of the Polytechnic…

University of Western Australia

Science is supersizing our vegetables

For those, thinking that fruit and vegetables in the supermarket are getting bigger: That's not just your imagination. And it's not by accident either. Scientists like Dr.…

Rutgers NJAES tomato breeders release ‘Scarlet Sunrise’ bicolor grape tomato

The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) tomato breeding team that developed the ‘Rutgers 250’ tomato, has created a new and unique bicolor grape tomato, ‘Scarlet Sunrise‘. Developed by traditional (non-GMO) plant breeding methods, this cultivar has firm, crack-resistant red/yellow…

How lettuce plants could help fight a deadly disease

In pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), high blood pressure in the lungs’ arteries causes the heart to work extra hard to pump blood to the lungs and around the rest of the body. The condition is rare but deadly, and current treatments are expensive and have side effects and inconvenient modes of…

New low-chill strawberry selection with early yields

CIVL519 is the new promising selection of low-chill strawberries that CIV is testing with excellent development prospects that could complement the CIVS115 Parthenope®. “In the beginning of 2020,” explains CIV breeder Michelangelo Leis, “we are developing with our Partners new varieties of low-chill strawberries…

Major seed deposit at Svalbard Global Seed Vault

35 genebanks from all continents deposited seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, at a deposit event hosted by Norwegian Prime Minister and co-chair of the UN group of SDG Advocates, Erna Solberg. President of Ghana and co-chair Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other members of the Group of Advocates…

Hazera shows off new varieties at Arava Open Day

The Arava Open Day is always an opportunity for the team at Hazera to meet clients, sit down for a cup of coffee or beer and offer a range of products, from tomatoes to peppers. As every year, Hazera is one of the participants in the largest agricultural exhibition in Israel, and showcase its products in…

The cucumber: Not so simple

The period in a country when there is little news (often the period when its government is on holiday) is called the “silly season” and in many countries this time period carries a reference to cucumbers, like komkommertijd in Dutch, agurketid in Danish, gúrkutíð in Icelandic, agurktid in Norwegian, Sauregurkenzeit in German…

Source ToBRFV contamination France unclear

Further to our article in yesterday’s newsletter on ToBRFV being found in a tomato greenhouse in France, we would like to make it absolutely clear that the reference to ‘the…

Seed breeding startup raises US$10 million

Seed breeding startup Equinom has closed its Series B round of funding of $10 million, led by BASF Venture Capital, Germany followed by Roquette, France; and Trendlines Group, Israel. Equinom’s current investor, Tel Aviv-based Fortissimo Capital, also participated. Equinom’s non-GMO technology shapes the…

What does the European Parliament do for the plant breeding and seed sector?

With the most recent round of elections in the EU over with, European Seed is checking in with the political groups to discern how the plant breeding and seed sector is valued. In addition, they've inquired as to whether the existing regulations governing NBTs such as gene editing and tools such as crop…

Discovering ways to build hardier, healthier plants

Plants have always battled various pressures, from diseases and insects to adverse environmental conditions. But increasing occurrences of more extreme weather events and a growing world population are resulting in the need to develop even hardier crops for the global food system. by Cameron Rudolph Researchers…

US (NJ): 2019 Bell Pepper Variety Trial Report

The 2019 Bell Pepper Variety Trial Report for the evaluation of bell pepper cultivars with varying levels of resistance to bacterial leaf spot is now available on-line by clicking the link below. Bacterial leaf spot in bell (and non-bell) peppers causes significant problems each year. In recent years, a…

Cornell Agritech

New, green ripening tomato variety ‘Jaded’

Most people consider green tomatoes to just be unripe and unsavory (unless they’re fried). But a new, flavorful and highly productive cherry tomato –that ripens green– might…

Training African plant breeders in advanced theory and technologies

The African Plant Breeding Academy, Class IV (2018–2019), UC Davis, created a video of their learning experiences in the plant breeding professional certificate program. The program is taught by world-class scientists, including several from UC Davis. Read more at UC Davis (Ann Filmer)

New varieties presented at Florida Strawberry Festival

As thousands of people come to Plant City for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival this month, many will eat various types of the fruit. They may be surprised to learn that University of Florida scientists toil in nearby labs and fields to develop the best berries. Those scientists work at the Gulf…

BASF launches new lettuce concepts

Nunhems, the vegetable seeds subsidiary of BASF, is holding a new edition of its Lettuce and Spinach Demofield in Cartagena (Murcia) on 10-14 February, where it will be showcasing its new types of lettuce and spinach. “We want to go one step further and not just rest on our laurels as a producer but also…

Next generation pickling cucumber variety brings valuable traits to the forefront in North America

Rijk Zwaan has recently announced a new seedless pickling cucumber variety called Lennon RZ. The name Lennon RZ is synonymous with the pioneering musician of the 20th century. Following the critically acclaimed releases of both Bowie RZ and Rubinstein RZ, Lennon RZ has made a name for itself in a short…

Bayer, Meiogenix collaborate to accelerate agricultural innovation

Bayer and Meiogenix, a biotech company focused on next-generation breeding technologies, announced a collaboration to advance agricultural research and development by accelerating the development of Meiogenix’s proprietary technologies related to plant breeding and genome editing applications. This new…

"With these new colours the Tribelli assortment gets even more diverse and interesting"

Last week, Tribelli was present at the Fruit Logistica 2020 with a fully Tribelli-branded booth. Enza Zaden welcomed visitors from all over the world to enjoy the sweet taste of Tribelli peppers with delicious tapas and live show cooking. “After the success of having a Tribelli booth at the Fruit Attraction,…

The new genome sequencing of peppers will prevent fraud with Spanish PDO's

Researchers from the Institute for the Preservation and Improvement of Valencian Agrodiversity (COMAV) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) have developed the most complete genetic map of peppers ever made, which will make it possible to establish the genetic footprint of the Designations of…

Building better base editors

CRISPR-based gene editing has potential therapeutic benefits but also some technical shortcomings. One set of these gene editing tools, base editors, can rewrite the four individual DNA letters, or bases —  A, C, T or G — which represent key chemical building blocks of DNA, adenine, cytosine, thymine, and guanine. Now, in two papers…

YOOM™ tomato wins Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2020

Red, yellow and brown - watch out: here's purple

Colours are hot in the fresh produce industry and now that red, brown and yellow tomatoes are widely available in supermarkets, it's time for something new. That's what they found at Syngenta and their novelty turned out to be a success. On Friday, the new purple tomato YOOM™ won the Innovation Award of…

New partnership to develop bigger, tastier blueberries

Consumers across the world may soon be experiencing tastier, fuller-sized blueberries year-round, thanks to a new breeding partnership in blueberries that will bring premium…

Indian researchers show off resistant tomato

New hybrids of fruits, vegetables and flowers and state-of-the-art technology were part of the National Horticulture Fair, organised by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) recently. Over 10,000 farmers, stakeholders and enthusiasts visited the fair. Arka Rakshak, a disease-resistant…

Spanish researchers create most complete genetic map of peppers

The most complete genetic map of peppers cultivated in Spain has been created by Valencia's Polytechnic University (UPV). The results make it possible to learn the smallest detail of this crop, of which Spain is one of the main worldwide producers. And more importantly, they establish the bases for…

New tomato varieties launched at Fruit Logistica

Ready for a snack at the Fruit Logistica or looking for new tomato varieties to grow? TomaTech will introduce Savorino & Flavortom, their new mid size cocktail tomatoes, at the show. They are part of the Harmony collection of six branded tomatoes selected for their quality, "Each offers a unique gourmet…

"Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors"

The tomato’s path from wild plant to household staple is much more complex than researchers have long thought. For many years, scientists believed that humans domesticated the tomato in two major phases. First, native people in South America cultivated blueberry-sized wild tomatoes about 7,000 years ago…

Parthenope®, the new low-chill strawberry variety

A new low-chill strawberry variety, CIVS115* Parthenope®, featuring very high precocity and high productivity, has been developed by the technicians at CIV-Consorzio Italiano…

World’s first genetically modified moths released into nature

The diamond moth is certainly one of the many insect species that are harmful to agricultural products. The Plutella xylostella is a danger for plants such as cauliflower,…


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