With Nanotubes, Genetic Engineering in Plants Is Easy-Peasy

Inserting or tweaking genes in plants is more art than science, but a new technique developed by University of California, Berkeley, scientists could make genetically engineering any type of plant — in particular, gene editing with CRISPR-Cas9 — simple and quick.To deliver a gene, the researchers gr

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Sequenced Genome of Ancient Crop Could Raise Yields

An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and semiarid regions where population booms foreshadow food shortages.Because millets can grow amid infertile soils and yield food wi

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For the Big 4, the Revolution is Now

In a tight-knit industry where it often seems like everyone knows everyone else, Wayne Barton and Brent Collins didn’t meet each other until last year, oddly enough. But they’ve had to get acquainted quickly now that they work together as part of the new BASF Canada.A lot of people at the Big 4 ag g

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Boost for Australian Grain Industry

New findings from research by La Trobe University and CSIRO made possible with GRDC investment could lead to a significant increase in the Australian wheat crop yield – adding potentially around $1.8 billion to the national economy and improving global food security.Published in Nature Climate Chang

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Big Data Harvesting Tool Will Deliver Smart Farming

Researchers from across Norwich Research Park have launched a new system for organising vast datasets on climate and crops.CropSight is a scalable and open-source information management system that can be used to maintain and collate important crop performance and microclimate information.Big data c

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Spring 2019 Meetup on Genome Insights

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, KeyGene is planning a meetup on the perspectives of genome insights for innovation in plant breeding and plant sciences. The focus of this meetup is long read sequencing, using Oxford Nanopore Technology platforms. Researchers from industry and academia will present the

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The world is a better place than it ever was. And why is it better than before? Innovation! Fortunately for mankind we have a lot of brilliant minds who tirelessly carry out their research and come up with new and innovative solutions for the various challenges we’re facing. Without innovation we’d

  Lesley Nakonechny

Plants Are Fascinating

The fifth international “Fascination of Plants Day” 2019 will take place on May 18, 2019 across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the i

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EU Innovation Under Pressure

Not so long ago, the EU decided that it would increase R&D investment from under two per cent GDP a decade ago to three per cent, currently aimed for by 2020, reflecting growing recognition that Europe must compete and excel in the new global knowledge economy.The aim was to ensure increased investm

  Joanna Dupont-Inglis

A First Look at the new CropBooster-P Project

By 2050, global agricultural production will need to be increased by 70 to 100% in order to feed the world. Since this not possible without cutting down our rain forests and destroying the Earth’s ecosystem, we will have to grow everything on the agricultural land currently in use. Combined with a t

  Marcel Bruins

Adding Value to the Chicory Root: Industry View on the CHIC Project

One of the recent projects financed by the EU Horizon 2020 funding programme is the CHIC project, which plans to develop chicory varieties that can be used to produce both healthy dietary fibres and healthy terpenes. The project will be using New Plant Breeding Techniques and evaluate the technologi

  Marcel Bruins

Health? Nailed it! A Deep Dive Into Broccoli Breeding

Loved by some, revered as a ‘superfood’ and loathed by others. That’s broccoli, an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering heads are eaten as a vegetable. It is classified in the so-called ‘Italica’ cultivar group of the species Brassica oleracea, to which all cabbages, caulif

  Marcel Bruins

How Does the Seed Industry Feel About the INVITE Project?

Another one of the projects that was awarded in the Horizon 2020 program is INVITE (INnovations in plant VarIety Testing in Europe). The project aims at improving efficiency of variety testing and availability of information to stakeholders on variety performance under diversified production conditi

  Marcel Bruins