Source of Citrus’ Sour Taste Identified

A team of researchers, including two from the University of California, Riverside, has identified the genes responsible for the hallmark sour taste of many citrus fruits. Published Feb. 25 in Nature Communications, the research could help plant breeders develop new, sweeter varieties.Modern citrus v

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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

Natural Trails To Protect Corn

Two natural ways to control a major pest of maize roots are opening up ways to reduce pesticide dependence. A small worm living underground and a bacterium are two remedies that can reduce the impact of an unwanted beetle by 20% to 50%, according to recent field tests conducted by biologists from th

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EIPIN Innovation Society Project: Mid-Term Review By The European Commission

All the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), their supervisors, partner organisations and external board advisors involved in the EIPIN Innovation Society, an EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project, met on March 12, 2019 in Brussels for the mid-term review by the European Commission.Together with other

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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 graft

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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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Volunteers Main Cause of Elevated Erucic Acid Levels in OSR

Rapid ways of assessing erucic acid levels at intake have also been found to be unreliable, compared with traditional methods.With the European Commission set to reduce the legal limit for erucic acid in food products from 5% to 2%, farmers are being urged to follow industry guidance to manage eruci

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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

Getting DUS and Performance Testing in Shape for the Next Phase

Agriculture is increasingly being urged to reduce its dependency on external inputs, lower its environmental footprint and cope with more variable climatic conditions. So, it should come as no surprise that plant breeders have taken up the baton and have started to breed for those characteristics th

  Marcel Bruins

Ten Reasons Why Agritech Doesn’t Matter in Europe

In a recent speaking tour in South-East Asia, I was horrified to learn how many emerging market governments in the region are simply planning to mirror their agricultural technology regulations upon European Union laws. The only thing I could say to them was: “Don’t!”In many of these fast developing

  David Zaruk

The Seed Industry View on the BRESOV Project

The BRESOV project seeks to provide climate-resilient cultivars addressed to organic vegetable production systems. These new cultivars will benefit organic growers, and the organic seed industry, both under current and future scenarios of climate change. The genetic variation of broccoli, kohlrabi,

  Marcel Bruins

New Appointment for UK-wide Xylella Pathogen Consortium

A major research programme focussing on building UK resilience to the bacterial plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, has announced a new appointment.Dr Gerard Clover takes up post this week as Impact and Engagement Manager based at the John Innes Centre for the BRIGIT consortium.Dr Clover will be resp

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FAO Chief Emphasizes Need For Inclusive Digital Innovation

It’s time to accelerate innovation in agriculture and to do so in a way that aspires to make a difference to hundreds of millions of people who produce the bulk of the world’s food on family farms, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on 19 January.“FAO is working with digital innovation

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Are We Spending the EU Money in the Right Places?

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so they put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and i

  Marcel Bruins

New Publication: Role of Modelling in International Crop Research

“Crop modelling has the potential to significantly contribute to global food and nutrition security,” claim the authors of a recently published paper on the role of modelling in international crop research. “Millions of farmers, and the societies that depend on their production, are relying on us t

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