Genetic Study Reveals How Citrus Became the Med’s Favourite Squeeze

Genetic detective work has illuminated the important role of Jewish culture in the widespread adoption of citrus fruit by early Mediterranean societies.The fascinating find came to light in an investigation into a bizarre acidless mutation which makes citrus juice 1000 times less acidic.John Innes C

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Gene Edited Food Imports Into EU Will Be Almost Impossible To Spot

European law currently requires food packaging to be labelled GM if more than 0.9% of any one ingredient is genetically modified.But Rothamsted’s Professor Johnathan Napier, who has pioneered the GM production of Omega-3 fish oils by camelina plants, said the nature of the changes brought about by t

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A New Sweet Potato Variety has Arrived on the Market

Sweet potato has its centre of origin in the tropical regions of the Americas but is now mainly produced in Africa. According to FAO data, after China, most production takes place in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia.In Europe, sweet potatoes are part of a trending demand for exotic and ethnic

  Marcel Bruins and Marc Zienkiewicz

Can Seed Industry Play A Key Role In Changing The Future Of West Africa?

Definitively yes! And immediately, having full conscience that this is operating in a system where crop failure is not just an economic problem for a farmer, but a life-threatening issue. The question is, can we move ahead? Progresses have been relatively limited the last few decades and cannot cope

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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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

Another Successful Annual Meeting of the European Seed Association

From 7-9 October, the European Seed Association (ESA) held its 2018 Annual Meeting in Madrid, Spain. This year’s event has set a new record, with an attendance of 1050 participants from over 40 countries across the world, the importance of the ESA Congress for the European and international seed sec

  Marcel Bruins

Thanks For Listening

It seems like yesterday when we started with European Seed. But in fact, we’re already five years on the road together, and what a rewarding five years it has been. Since the first issue, we have filled over 800 pages with tailored, seed-focused content. And quickly after the start, European Seedbec

  Marcel Bruins