Glyphosate on Trial

In a decision that made headlines around the world, a California jury awarded $289 million dollars, a stunning amount, to a former groundskeeper for a California school district who claims that he contracted non-Hodgkins lymphoma from exposure to a commercial preparation of glyphosate, the world’s m

  Joe Schwarcz

No Access, No Benefits – Part 3 – The View From Academia

In previous editions of European Seed, seed company experts discussed struggles relating to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) for plant genetic resources (PGR), entered into force in October 2014. In our second article in this series, we sat down with experts at various global

  Treena Hein

Can Rice Filter Water From Ag Fields?

Rice is a staple food crop of 20 percent of the world’s population. It’s also grown on every continent except Antarctica.While it’s an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, too: to clean runoff from farms before it gets into rivers, lakes, a

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Revitalizing Seed Morphology

For years, there has been a shrinking level of expertise in the area of seed morphology. According to Germany’s Wolfgang Stuppy, scientific curator for the Botanic Garden at Ruhr-University Bochum, since the mid-20th century, seed morphology has not been a discipline practised by many botanists who

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Increasing Crop Insurances Adoption In Developing Countries

Farmers in developing countries often rely heavily on their yearly harvest to feed their families. A bad crop can have severe consequences for their livelihood. Despite the significant advantages crop insurances would offer in alleviating this risk, only a small percentage of farmers insure their cr

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Run For Cover: Cropping Up Better Soil

There’s a revolution going on in the ground below us. A growing group of passionate farmers have been experimenting with complex combinations of cover crops seed species which may have as much influence as cash crops on the future of sustainable farming. Have plant biologists kept up with these pion

  David Zaruk

Uganda Parliament Passes GMO Bill

The Parliament of the Republic of Uganda finally passed the Bill designed to provide a regulatory framework for the safe development and application of biotechnology in the country.The Bill, formerly known as the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012, is now renamed as the Genetic Engineeri

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Five Tips For Event Networking (Or, What I Learned In Manila)

I recently had the honour of attending the 25th annual Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) Asian Seed Congress in Manila, Philippines. APSA is the world’s largest regional association, with membership from over 50 countries. Networking is a central function at events like APSA’s World Congress.

  Kelly Saunderson

Ever Heard of Purple Tea?

Tea plants are native to East Asia, and probably originated in the borderlands of north Burma and southwestern China. By annual per capita consumption of tea, the countries with the highest consumption are Northern Ireland (6.9 kg), Ireland (2.19kg) and United Kingdom (1.94kg).After China and India,

  Marcel Bruins

New EU Agricultural Policy Brings New Risks

Under the new European agricultural policy, all Member States will have to draft their own plans to achieve the EU objectives. According to experts, including experts at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), this may prove risky.The proposed policy will bring more responsibilities for Member State

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Global Warming Increases Frost Damage on Trees in Central Europe

Global warming increases frost damage on trees in large areas of Central Europe, according to a new Finnish-Chinese study by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland, the Chinese Academy of Science and Zhejiang A&F University.Late frost damages are economically important in agriculture and

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COMSHIP, the COMESA Seed Harmonisation Implementation Plan

Lack of quality and improved seed in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries has contributed significantly to food insecurity and poverty. The availability of quality seed in this region in terms of variety, accessibility, and volume currently stands at a meagre 20%. Thi

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How to Keep Downy Mildew in Sunflower Under Control?

Sunflower is one of the most valuable crops that help growers to sustain their profitability over the crop rotations. To increase profitability, growers are often shortening the intervals between the two sunflower crops in their rotations and this has some negative consequences, such as an increased

  Oleg Shevchuk

The Agri-Food Chain Contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals

On 28 November, the agri-food chain coalition held an event in the European parliament to look at the contribution of the agri-food chain to achieving the SDGS.Hosted by MEP Eva Kaili, the event brought together representatives of the FAO, KeyGene, an SME active in the field of plant breeding innova

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Challenges and Opportunities for Seed Trade Between Africa and Europe

The national seed associations are often the pivotal point for initiating and maintaining the communication from the seed sector to the political decision makers in a country. European Seedasked four different African seed associations what kind of interactions their member seed companies have with

  Marcel Bruins

How to Reveal the Secret of the Agronomic Potential of Each Plant?

Genotyping is the process revealing differences in the genetic signature (genotype) of plants by reviewing their DNA sequence. It’s a molecular way to unravel the agronomics’ potential secret of each plant, as soon as you know where to look at, on its DNA strands.For many years, it helped speeding u

  Géraldine Mey

AFSTA Outlines its Role in Providing the Voice of the Seed Industry in Africa

Prior to the year 2000, the African continent did not have an umbrella body that could collectively be the voice of the seed industry. Something had to be done about it and hence, after several meetings and consultations among key seed stakeholders, the African Seed Trade Association known as “AFSTA

  Aghan Daniel

What To Do, When Plant Breeding Is Not Enough?

Through breeding we enhance our turf varieties to withstand wear, diseases and difficult climatic conditions that are present at sports pitches and golf courses. This sets the grounds for the perfect green pitch for the sportsmen, and for spectators all over the world to look at when broadcasted on

  Klaus K. Nielsen

Benefits of Plant Variety Protection and UPOV Membership: The Case of Kenya

The agriculture sector accounts for 22% of Kenya’s GDP, with the majority of the population dependent directly or indirectly on agriculture. Kenya has a well-established seed sector and is a member of regional and international institutions relevant to the seed sector.Kenya acceded to UPOV under the

  Esther Kimani

What’s Going on with the EU Task Force Rural Africa?

The EU is committed to support partner countries through external policies and instruments. Emphasised in the Communication on the Future of Food and Farming of November 2017, the future common agricultural policy will play a greater role in enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development. Kn

  Marcel Bruins

European Seed: Join Our Growing Team

European Seed’s parent company, Issues Ink, is looking to expand and we have an opportunity available for someone residing in Europe.POSITION SUMMARY:Our Account Manager is responsible for client engagement and development by evaluating our client’s situation and recommending potential solutions. A

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