Innovation in a Bind – European Ruling on CRISPR-Cas has Major Consequences

Research assignments that are being withdrawn, companies that are deciding to relocate their R&D departments outside Europe — it is gradually becoming clear that the decision by the European Court of Justice to treat CRISPR-Cas as a form of genetic modification is having far-reaching consequences. I

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Boosting Farm Productivity in Africa Through the Sustainable Use of Machines

FAO and the African Union today launched a new framework document that aims to increase agricultural efficiency and reduce drudgery by helping countries in Africa to develop strategies for sustainable farm mechanization.The Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization: A Framework for Africa (SAMA) is the

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Success is Sweet: Researchers Unlock the Mysteries of the Sugarcane Genome

For centuries, sugarcane has supplied human societies with alcohol, biofuel, building and weaving materials, and the world’s most relied-upon source of sugar. Now, researchers have extracted a sweet scientific prize from sugarcane: its massive and complex genome sequence, which may lead to the devel

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Improved Genetic Marker for Precise and Accurate EPH Barley Screening

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute and the Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI) have completed a ten-month InnovateUK funded project resulting in the development of an improved genetic marker that can be used by barley breeders to unequivocally identify potential epiheterodendrin (EPH) n

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Plant Genetic Resources Ensure Ag’s Future

Imagine a gardener, plant explorer, geneticist, and computer specialist all rolled into one job. You might call that person a steward of plant genetic resources.Plant genetic resources are any plant materials, such as seeds, fruits, cuttings, pollen, and other organs and tissues from which plants ca

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Sunflower Pollen has Medicinal, Protective Effects on Bees

With bee populations in decline, a new study offers hope for a relatively simple mechanism to promote bee health and well-being: providing bees access to sunflowers.The study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, showed that two dif

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You’re Not Welcome Here

We are living in a new Dark Age in Europe where innovation and technology are being rejected at an alarming rate. While reactionary pressure is being seen from chemicals to pharmaceuticals and from vaccines to food manufacturing, nowhere has the situation been as severe as in plant biology and agrit

  David Zaruk

Bayer Statement on Glyphosate and Honey Bee Health

Bayer and Genedata, a leading provider of advanced software solutions for life science research and development, today announced the extension of their long-term partnership. Genedata supports Bayer’s Crop Science Division to digitalize R&D processes and this extended partnership now includes a lice

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Starch Trek: What it Takes to Breed a New Potato Variety

Of the top 10 food crops in the world, potato comes in at the third place, and is also the number one non-grain food product. Originally grown in the Andes, the Spanish introduced the potato to Europe in the 16th century, and, after a bumpy start, potatoes have been a very popular food source in the

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Transition to Circular Agriculture is a Joint Process

For more than half a century, Dutch and European agricultural policy has focused on efficiently producing as much food as possible for a low price and with a reasonable income for the farmers. Using this policy that was developed by the legendary Sicco Mansholt, Dutch agriculture attracted admiratio

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Can Artificial Intelligence do as Well as Farmers in the Future?

On 14 August will mark the start of the Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge as five international teams try to grow cucumbers at a distance with the use of artificial intelligence at the facilities of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).“The goal is to convert knowledge about cultivation into algori

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Government of Canada Makes $70 Million Investment in Agricultural Science

A thriving and sustainable agriculture sector is made possible only by the investments made in science, research, and innovation. Canada has some of the world’s best scientists, and the breakthrough technologies they develop give farmers the tools they need to better manage their farms, while growin

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After the ECJ Ruling: KWS Continuing to Invest in Precision Breeding

Even after the ruling by the European Court of Justice on new plant breeding methods, KWS will continue to invest in them. “The new means of targeted mutagenesis, which are often subsumed under the term CRISPR, mean breeders can offer farmers better-adapted varieties faster,” said Léon Broers, the m

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ESA Statement on ECJ Ruling C-528/16

The European seed sector acknowledges the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in case C-528/16 of 25. July 2018 by which the Court interpreted the provisions of the EU’s Directive 2001/18 in such a way that plants resulting from innovative, targeted mutagenesis breeding methods are to be c

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Groundwork for Playing with the Architecture of Plants

Growing tomatoes at the same height so that they can be easily picked by a harvesting robot. Growing deeper roots where the soil is dry. These types of changes to plant architecture may well be enabled in the future thanks to scientists from Wageningen University & Research who have shown how to sti

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Britain’s Leading Scientists to Carry on Research into Gene Editing

Less than two months ago the Court of Justice of the EU has concluded that organisms obtained by newer forms of mutagenesis are subject to the obligations laid down by the GMO Directive.That was a very sad day for the seed sector.“While other parts of the world go ahead with these innovations withou

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Scientists Edit Gene For Plant Height in Tomato

The DELLA protein is responsible for repressing growth in plants leading to a dwarf trait. A fully functional DELLA protein is sensitive to gibberellic acid (GA), which promotes DELLA degradation and thus plant growth. Several loss-of-function mutations in the DELLA-encoding gene PROCERA are present

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Circular Agriculture: A New Perspective For Dutch Agriculture

For more than half a century, Dutch and European agricultural policy has focused on efficiently producing as much food as possible for a low price and with a reasonable income for the farmers. Using this policy that was developed by the legendary Sicco Mansholt, Dutch agriculture attracted admiratio

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Call for Clarity after EU Ruling on Gene-Edited Crops

The John Innes Centre is joining a call for the Government to address the implications of a European Union judicial ruling that classes gene-edited crops as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).An open letter, signed by leading research institutions, universities, plant breeders, crop agronomy comp

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Global Challenges Research Funds Awarded to Plant Sciences

Three new funding awards from the Global Challenges Research Fund were recently made to research teams in the Division of Plant Sciences.Edgar Huitema, Paul Birch and Ingo Hein were awarded £7k to build a strategic link with Indonesia to enhance crop breeding and food production. This award will sup

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Cereals Experts Sought to Join Forces With AHDB

A rallying call has been issued to industry experts across the UK to join forces with AHDB to help support its extensive collection of data for the cereals sector.As part of its ‘New Ways of Working’, the AHDB has set up two new groups to expand its offering to the industry – the AHDB Cross Sector W

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Researchers Find New Genes in Soybean Linked to Aphid Resistance

Researchers from the University of Minnesota (UMN) and partners found new soybean genes linked to aphid resistance. The results of their investigation is published in The Plant Genomejournal.Aphid is a tiny pest of soybeans and other crops worldwide, causing billions of dollars in crop losses. Thus,

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Sweet Pepper Harvesting Robot Project Sweeper Close to the Finish Line

After a very successful first live demonstration of the developed SWEEPER pepper harvesting robot in the greenhouse of “De Tuindershoek” in IJsselmuiden (Netherlands) on 4th of July 2018 and a demonstration to the visitors of the Agricultural Engineering Conference EurAgEng2018 in Wageningen on 9th

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Is There Life After The Neonics Ban?

European policy making has had a great, but not always positive impact on European agriculture and the seed sector. We only need to recall the process of approving GMOs, new plant protection products, or the recent ban on neonics, just to name a few. To find out more from one of the actors on the si

  Marcel Bruins