Baby Spinach will be Fresher and Lasting Longer

A Tasmanian research project is working on increasing the shelf life of baby spinach and other baby salad leaves, so it keeps fresh in your fridge for longer.The research is being done byPhD candidate Vongai Dakwa with research partner Houston’s Farm, a Tasmanian grower and processor of baby leafy s

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Researchers Engineer Bacteria to Create Fertilizer Out of Thin Air

In the future, plants will be able to create their own fertilizer. Farmers will no longer need to buy and spread fertilizer for their crops, and increased food production will benefit billions of people around the world, who might otherwise go hungry.These statements may sound like something out of

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Gene Editing Approach Aims for Broad Disease Resistance in Staple Food Crops

A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a “knock-in” g

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Whole Genome Sequencing in Food Safety: The State of Play

EFSA has published two reports which provide a picture of how whole genome sequencing (WGS) can be used in food safety and how extensively such techniques are used in Europe.WGS is increasingly used in public health and food safety laboratories, but it is used in different ways in different countrie

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New Programme to Boost Soil Productivity and Reduce Soil Degradation in Africa

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership launched 13 June a new programme to boost soil productivity and reduce soil degradation for greater food and nutrition security in Africa.The Afrisoils programme aims to increase soil productivity in 47 Afric

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Two FAO Projects Benefit from Belgium’s Innovation Funding

FAO is further developing a monitoring, early-warning and risk-mapping system to help farmers manage an invasive species in Africa, and roll out solar energy projects for farmers in Gaza, as part of innovative projects awarded funding by the Government of Belgium.Thanks to an initiative sponsored b

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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