Breeding

Line × tester analysis for eggplant traits using wild relatives as testers

Wild relatives of eggplant are commonly exploited for eggplant improvement, but the genetic improvement relies on the information of the genetic basis of inheritance of traits. In a new study, two eggplant lines, one with oriental and another with occidental cytoplasm, were crossed with four testers…

Scientists crack the code to regenerate plant tissues

A group of scientists from Tokyo University of Science have discovered a new way to regenerate flowering plant tissues, opening possibilities of mitigating the global food…

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory announces exclusive license with plant breeding start-up Inari

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announced an exclusive licensing agreement with partner Inari, a company that is advancing plant breeding by tapping nature's genetic…

Using CRISPR to re-domesticate fruits and vegetables

Early in the 20th century, a strange tomato plant took root in the northeastern United States. Because of a random genetic mutation, the plant’s branches were shorter than…

Genetic variant linked to cucumber fruit length

The cucumber is among the top five vegetable crops grown in the world. Cucumbers are most commonly eaten fresh or preserved as pickles. An important attribute of the cucumber is fruit length. Cucumbers range in size from 5 to 60 cm, depending on the cultivar. In an effort to identify the genetic basis of…

Genetic markers identified for cucumber fruit length

Worldwide, cucumbers are steadfast among the top five vegetable crops. They are most commonly eaten fresh or preserved, as pickles. An important attribute of the cucumber is…

Mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with flavonoid in tomato

The flavonoids are a remarkable group of plant metabolites. These are the only secondary metabolites which have been credited with so many diverse essential functions in growth and development of the plant. Anthocyanins are one of the significant components of flavonoid in a plant system. They play a…

"Interplay of pollinators and pests influences plant evolution"

Brassica rapa plants pollinated by bumblebees evolve more attractive flowers. But this evolution is compromised if caterpillars attack the plant at the same time. With the bees pollinating them less effectively, the plants increasingly self-pollinate. In a greenhouse evolution experiment, scientists at…

Chinese vegetable consumers hungry for apps

Amid the rise of food delivery services in China, popular mobile phone apps are quickly reshaping the vegetable market in Beijing. A Beijing woman said she is too exhausted to go to the market after work and the vegetables by then are usually leftovers anyway. So, she now relies heavily on an app to…

Nigeria to cooperate with the Netherlands on seed development

Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has disclosed plans by the Federal Government to collaborate with the Government of the Netherlands on improved seeds/seedlings to boost food production in the country. The minister disclosed this during a courtesy visit by a…

Resistosome illuminates plant disease resistance mechanisms

Like animals, plants possess an immune system to fight off invading parasites. Unlike vertebrates that possess both adaptive immunity and innate immunity, plants solely rely on innate immunity, which deploys immune receptors to detect molecules derived from parasites and activate defenses. Plant innate…

EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal asked to clarify pepper plant ruling

European Patent Office (EPO) president António Campinos has submitted questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal related to the patentability of plants related to conventional…

ASTA applauds international move to streamline phytosanitary system for seed

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) welcomes the decision by the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) to develop a Systems Approach for seed as an Annex to ISPM…

including Fluence, Priva, BASF, Aerofarms

New high-tech consortium develops crops for indoor agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is launching the Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium , a public-private partnership that transcends the bounds of traditional agriculture to develop flavorful, nutritious crops specially intended for indoor agriculture. Sustainably feeding a…

Ernst van den Ende on CRISPR-Cas:

"The GMO directive needs to be amended"

In the latest issue of Wageningen World, Wageningen Plant Research director Ernst van den Ende discusses the future of CRISPR-Cas. Last year, the European Court of Justice ruled that plant breeding using CRISPR-Cas constitutes genetic modification. Van den Ende now gives his thoughts on the consequences…

US: Seed industry storms the Hill

A diverse group of seed-industry leaders, representing companies of all sizes, sectors and geographies, were gathered in Washington, D.C. for the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) annual Storm the Hill legislative fly-in, April 2-3. Topping the list of 2019 legislative priorities are innovation,…

"Florida blueberries stay competitive in global market"

This time of year, we’re used to seeing Florida-grown blueberries show up at the local grocery store. But things weren’t always this way. The Florida blueberry industry got its start in the 1970s when the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences developed the first Southern…

October 13-15, Stockholm

Registration open for Euroseeds Congress 2019

The Euroseeds Congress 2019 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 13 to 15 October 2019. You can reserve your place and register via the Congress website as of today: www.euroseedscongress.com . Last year in Madrid, more than 1070 participants from all over the world joined. During the section…

Shaping the future of organic breeding & farming

"What do bean, broccoli and tomatoes have in common?"

BRESOV , a sister project of Liveseed focusing on breeding for resilient, efficient and sustainable organic vegetable production, has recently published a Position Paper “What…

Suitable for space stations

World's smallest tomato plant developed in Colombia

It gives fruit in just two months after planting, has an excellent fruit / leaf ratio and measures 4 cm high by 8 cm wide on average, making it suitable for cultivation in space stations. The material was obtained from a cherry tomato cultivar, modifying one of the genes of a family that has been under…

"The sky’s the limit" for new grape tomato varieties

New York farmers now have a new way to satisfy consumers’ hunger for something different. Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell AgriTech, has released a collection of organic grape tomato varieties that are pretty, profitable and pack a culinary punch. The new…

"A visit to the Retail Center always sparks new ideas"

Since opening in 2017, the Rijk Zwaan Retail Center in Berlin has facilitated inspiration sessions and research programmes with chain partners from all over the world. “We always leave with a head full of new ideas,” says Lenta’s Flip Gitmans. The recipe for the Retail Center’s success is based on…

Arend Schot, Syngenta:

"Patents were invented for a reason"

Patents in the fruit and vegetable sector are a recurring topic of discussion. The mixed signals sent out by the European Patent Office, who cannot seem to reach internal agreement regarding patenting of traditional breeding, doesn't help in this. Last December, the Dutch patent office issued a ruling…

University of Saskatchewan paper:

“There must be public support for gene-editing revolution”

Gene editing will become the next big thing in plant science, crop development and agriculture only if the public accepts the technology. It has the potential to change agriculture, but only if consumers believe it’s beneficial. Experts believe gene editing of crops has more potential than genetic…

"End the legal chaos at the European Patent Office"

The coalition No Patents on Seeds! published a new report on plant patents granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2018 and at the beginning of 2019. Despite a…

June 13-14, Berlin

Germany: 5th edition of International Conference on Plant Genomics

The 5th edition of the International Conference on Plant Genomics will be held during June 13-14, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The Plant Genomics 2019 conference will focus on the…

US (NC): Pairwise licenses advanced CRISPR technologies to expand agriculture applications

Pairwise has licensed some advanced CRISPR genome editing technologies from two prestigious Boston institutions to expand its crop-editing applications and bring new foods to market. Pairwise, which operates a site in Durham’s Golden Belt and greenhouses in Research Triangle Park, has entered into…

Elisa Markula new Secretary General of CIOPORA Germany

As of March 31, 2019, Ms Elisa Markula will become CIOPORA Germany's new Secretary General managing the affairs of the national association in the framework of CIOPORA Germany's associate membership at the German Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau e. V. - ZVG). Elisa's appointment was…

US (NC): Scientists discover one-step genome-editing technique that accelerates seed breeding

Syngenta researchers recently published a paper in Nature Biotechnology, an international science journal, detailing their discovery of a genome-editing technique called haploid induction editing (HI-Edit) technology, which, according to them, ultimately reduces the time it takes to develop commercial…

FAO, ICBA partner to save plant genetic resources, boost food security

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Dr. José Graziano da Silva , and Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) , Dr. Ismahane Elouafi , signed two landmark agreements today, expanding existing cooperation between…

Bejo and Bioland confirm closer cooperation

Germany association for organic agriculture, Bioland e.V., and vegetable seed breeder Bejo signed an outline cooperation agreement at ‘Biofach’ in Nuremberg on 14.02.2019. The agreement’s defined aim is to ‘jointly shape the future of organic plant breeding’. The cooperation extends from collaboration on…

Taiwan organizes field demonstration of Taiwanese vegetable cultivars in Thailand

In order to develop markets for seeds and seedlings in New Southbound Policy partner countries, the Council of Agriculture (COA), working with the World Vegetable Center and the Taiwan Seed Trade Association, has been promoting an overseas trial cultivation plan for vegetable varieties. Two years of…

Opposition filed against patent on lettuce

No Patents on Seeds! has filed an opposition against a patent on lettuce. The patent EP 2 966 992 B1 was granted to Rijk Zwaan by the European Patent Office in Munich. In the…

US (FL): Scientists sequence vanilla genome, could support domestic industry

University of Florida scientists have sequenced the genome of Vanilla, which will help them select the best types for breeding new varieties of the popular plant to grow in Florida. Some consumers crave vanilla. The U.S. leads the world in imported vanilla beans, said Alan Chambers, an assistant…

Scientists try to recuperate the germplasm

Argentinian researchers use 100 year-old seeds to find new flavors

The tomato is Argentina's go-to vegetable to accompany almost any dish. However, they can only get two varieties at the grocery stores: round or pear tomatoes. Due to this limitation, scientists from the Faculty of Agronomy of the UBA (Fauba) and Conicet, are seeking to recover the germplasm of the old…

Developing organic tomato genotypes by participatory plant breeding

A Multi-parent Advanced Generation Intercross (MAGIC) tomato population was developed by crossing eight founder lines chosen to include a wide range of variability. The lines…

Nathan Springer, professor of plant and microbial biology at University of Minnesota

On epigenetics and seed innovation

What exactly is epigenetics? Nathan Springer : Epigenetics refers to natural mechanisms that affect the way genes work. These are differences in living organisms that can be passed on to subsequent generations, and those differences have nothing to do with the DNA sequence. Instead, this epigenetic…

Netherlands: Research Vicis for seeds and deltas

Two scientists from Wageningen have each won a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros. Leónie Bentsink is studying the influence of mRNAs on the preservability of seeds, and Ton Hoitink is researching how the loss of a foreshore disrupts the sediment balance in deltas. The Vici grant, one of the biggest…

Comparing antioxidant levels in tomatoes of different color

Naturally occurring antioxidants have been of great interest in recent years due to their recognizable health benefits. A study out of Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico has clarified differing antioxidant levels by focusing on eight tomato genotypes with different-color fruit. Laura…

A team of researchers, led by scientists at MSU and the University of California, Davis

Researchers uncover the origins of the cultivated strawberry

An international team of researchers, led by scientists at Michigan State University and the University of California, Davis , has used the power of genomics to reveal the evolutionary origins of the cultivated strawberry and deciphered the genetic code of this highly coveted fruit. The genetic code…

Argentina: Scientists try to restore the tomato's flavor

Even though botanists consider it a fruit, the tomato is Argentina's favorite vegetable. They consume it on a daily basis, in salads, or stuffing, in sauces, or as garnish.…

US (NM): Funding secured for chile pepper research

After 10 years of arduous work, New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute has finally funded its $1 million endowment chair. The endowed chair ensures that funds will always be available for chile pepper research at NMSU. This will help in the search for a new Chile Pepper Breeding and…

Italy: BASF opens new reseach & development centre

On 19th February 2019, BASF inaugurated a brand new high-tech research centre in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. The centre extends over 13 hectare, counts three greenhouses, and it includes a phytopathology lab. Over 80 people will work here, 40 of which completely dedicated to research and development.…

Researchers find aromatic strawberry variety grows in South Florida

As National Strawberry Day approaches on Feb. 27, University of Florida scientists have found another variety that can grow in South Florida. It’s largely unknown to American consumers, it’s temptingly tasty and it’s good for local markets, UF researchers say. Alan Chambers, an assistant professor of…

Helping new entrants find their way in the horticultural sector

The world of vegetable growing is changing rapidly. Across the globe, new investors are showing an interest in entering the horticultural sector. Rijk Zwaan offers these investors knowledge of local markets and high-tech production methods as well as an extensive choice of varieties and access to a…

New tomato varieties by Sicilian Suntime

"Our main objective is to develop and introduce innovation starting with the search for varieties that best adapt to our areas while at the same time being appreciated both in Italy and abroad. We also put a lot of effort in researching technical means as well as solutions for the problems of our…

Spain: New lettuces to bring more flavour, easier harvesting

At the BASF experimental station in the Murcian town of La Palma, Nunhems, BASF's horticultural seed brand, is presenting new lettuce varieties during the field demonstration days. As a novelty for growing table, Magistral is presented for harvesting from the end of February to the beginning of April.…

August 26-30, Wageningen

Netherlands: Summer School Green Genetics

Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then you're invited to participate in the Summer School Green Genetics at Wageningen University & Research. Why is there a Summer School Green…

Spain's most powerful R&D sector threatened by seed piracy

The pirates we are talking about don't wear hooks or eye patches, but they plunder about one hundred million Euro per year from the Spanish agricultural sector. In the short…

Bad news for Global Seed Vault

Svalbard is slowly melting

The Norwegian Environment Agency commissioned a report in order to provide basic information for climate change effect studies and climate change adaptation in Svalbard. It includes descriptions of historical, as well as projections for future climate development in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and ocean, and it…

New research characterizes evolution of genetic pathway for reproductive fitness in flowering plants

Small RNAs (sRNAs) are key regulators involved in plant growth and development. Two groups of sRNAs are abundant during development of pollen in the anthers – a critical process for reproductive success. One of these pathways for sRNA production, previously believed present in grasses and related…

DRCE1275, De Ruiter Seeds

New name for summer cucumber: Gotja

After having tested the variety DRCE 1275 extensively at various locations, De Ruiter is now selling the variety in the Netherlands and Belgium for summer cultivation under the name Gotja. This moment was celebrated with Robert van Rijckevorsel in Breda, who tested the highly productive variety with…

UK: Strawberry ‘Malling Centenary’ reaches annual sales of 60,000,000 plants

‘Malling Centenary’, a strawberry variety from the East Malling Breeding Club, based at NIAB EMR in the UK, has exceeded annual sales of 60 million plants. First introduced to the market in 2013, ‘Malling Centenary’ is in demand from growers and the major international retailers owing to its very high…

Brasiliaceae crops

Researchers identify the genes that make plants resistant to Albugo candida

An international team made up of researchers from eight universities -including the University of Córdoba (UCO) - and European research centers has identified the genes that…

Harris Moran-8849 chosen to be 2019 ‘rodeo tomato’

The high-yielding Harris Moran-8849 tomato has been selected as the official “rodeo tomato” for the 2019 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, which runs from February 7 to 24. “Each year, a new tomato variety is selected by Texas A&M AgriLife to be the official tomato of the event,” said David…

The power of DNA

Technology helps breeding move forward

Plant breeding has existed for centuries, but so much has changed in the last ten years. As a result of the intensified collaboration between breeders and laboratories, the possibilities are endless and the breeding process can be three to four generations shorter than in the past. Will the sweet pepper…

US (TX): High-yielding Harris Moran-8849 chosen 2019 ‘rodeo tomato’

The high-yielding Harris Moran-8849 tomato has been selected as the official “rodeo tomato” for the 2019 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, which runs from Feb. 7-24. The Harris Moran-8849 is a high-yielding plant with extra-large deep red fruit. The Harris Moran-8849 and Texas Superstar plants will…

"Rapid gene cloning technique will transform crop disease protection"

Researchers have pioneered a new method which allows them to rapidly recruit disease resistance genes from wild plants and transfer them into domestic crops. The technique called AgRenSeq or speed cloning has been developed by John Innes Centre researchers alongside colleagues in the United States and…

"Can Medium be your new High?"

New cocktail clusters shown on Fruit Logistica

TomaTech is to launch new tomato varieties in the upcoming Fruit Logistica exhibition. “We identified that both growers and consumers are, amongst other things, constantly disappointed with the flavour and sweetness of the medium sized cocktail tomatoes that were available until today", Ofer Ben Zvi, VP…

Breeding crops with resistance to diseases and pests

'Breeding crops with resistance to diseases and pests' is the most up-to-date textbook on this topic targeted towards students in Plant Sciences. This book describes the most…

The growth of a classic crop: the sweet pepper

The cultivation and consumption of sweet peppers is increasing worldwide. Breeders are working hard to expand and improve the range of sweet peppers: from seedless varieties to snack peppers. Anyone who grew up during the 1970s will remember it well: the filled green sweet peppers that our mothers…

Texas Superstar Festival Strawberry available for Valentine’s Day

Strawberry plants are an edible gardening gift that keeps on giving well beyond Valentine’s Day, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist, San Antonio, said the new Texas Superstar selection – Festival Strawberry –…

"Patent on specific tomato variety withdrawn at our own request"

Syngenta recently decided to withdraw the patent the breeder had on a specific tomato variety. Not because the patent request was refused by the European Patent Office, but on…


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