Competition Means More Choices in India: Q&A with Usha Barwale Zehr

From table tennis to the seed industry, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company’s (MAHYCO) Director and Chief Technology Officer Usha Barwale Zehr shares why plant breeding innovation is important. Our sister publication, Seed World, sat down with the director to talk plant breeding and more.Seed World: Wh

  Alex Martin

Scientists and Experts Team Up for New Plant Health Centre

More than 60 experts and stakeholders from the diverse worlds of forestry, horticulture, the environment and agriculture gathered at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to hear about the aims and vision of a new virtual Plant Health Centre for Scotland.Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland, Profess

  European Seed

Major Funding Could Get to the Root of Crop Diseases

A world-leading plant disease researcher at the University of Dundee has been awarded major funding for a study which may explain the mechanisms of crop killing diseases across the globe.Plant diseases currently account for 40 per cent of crop losses each year world-wide, representing a serious thre

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Brazilian Plant Scientist Awarded Massalski Research Prize

A young Brazilian plant scientist whose research focusses on molecular biology and gene expression has been awarded the prestigious Peter Massalski Prize for Meritorious Research for 2018.Dr Cristiane Calixto is a post-doctoral researcher in the Plant Sciences Division of the University of Dundee’s

  Michelle Clarke

A Closer Look at the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Concept in Infringements Matters

A strong IP system is crucial for innovation in plant breedingPlant breeding is a global and highly innovative activity. Companies invest heavily in the creation of new varieties; the average annual R&D investment mounts to 20-25 per cent of net sales (source: EU Commission Annual Global Survey). To

  Hedwich Teunissen

UPOV PRISMA – The New Online PBR Application Tool

Let’s say you just created a wonderful new variety after 10 years of crossing and selection, and now you want to protect the variety through plant breeders’ rights in a large number of countries. Until recently you had to search for the different PBR application forms of the various countries, arran

  Marcel Bruins

Synchrotron Science Could Give Soybeans a Boost

Scientists at the University of Liverpool, together with Japanese colleagues, have gained new insight into how soil bacteria sense and adapt to the levels of oxygen in their environment. The findings could be used to help develop new treatments to promote crop growth and tackle disease.Living organi

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European Seed Launches News App

As the business world has become more global, so has the need to be more mobile without sacrificing productivity. European Seed is excited to further enhance the critical information sharing that it brings to the global seed industry with the debut of the European Seed app for iOS devices and Androi

  Michelle Clarke

Secretary Perdue Issues USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue 28 March issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing.Under its biotechnology regulations, US

  European Seed

WGIN Funded To 2023

Wheat innovators are jubilant after hearing that they have received a new round of funding for a fourth phase of the Wheat Genetic Improvement Network. WGIN brings together researchers, breeders and now farmers to devise better varieties of the UK’s top cereal crop.The Department for Environment, Fo

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Mind the Gap! How the ESA Members are Implementing the Campaign

ESA recently launched the “Embracing the Power of Nature” communication campaign which was set up without any ESA branding. All campaign materials were shared with the ESA members so that the members could adapt the material to their needs. ESA has regular exchanges with its members on the developme

  Marcel Bruins

Expansion of UPOV PRISMA PBR Application Tool

UPOV is pleased to announce the release of UPOV PRISMA, Version 2 of the PBR Application Tool (formerly known as EAF).WHY USE IT? It is quick and easy transmission of application data for Plant Breeders’ Rights. It will be easier to protect your plant varieties by giving you one-stop, online access

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Ball, KeyGene Announce Impatiens Genome Sequence & Assembly

Ball Horticultural Company is thrilled to announce a breakthrough years in the making. Through a collaborative effort with KeyGene, the companies are pleased to announce the successful sequencing and assembly of the Impatiens walleriana genome. This first-of-its-kind project creates a highly accurat

  European Seed

UGA to Lead NSF Project to Rapidly Sequence Corn Pangenome

When the human genome was first sequenced in 2001, the project focused on a single individual. Since that time, several new genomes have been assembled and additional genetic data have been generated for thousands of individuals, producing a more complete picture of human genetic makeup, with broad

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Purdue University Study Uncovers Distinctions in Major Crop Genome Evolutions

Sometime between 5 million and 13 million years ago, both maize and soybeans underwent genome duplications, but Purdue University scientists believe they happened in very different manners.Damon Lisch, associate professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, and Jianxin Ma, professor in

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New Robotics Survey Highlights More Investment is Needed

An AHDB Horticulture survey has revealed that 82 per cent of UK growers believe recent developments in automation have helped reduce their reliance on labour.Growers also report key areas for future investment should be focused on harvesting and improvements within the pack-house.Areas of production

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