Hazera Presents New Watermelons and Melons

Hazera presented a variety of watermelons during the Watermelon & Melon days held in Murcia, Spain.Hazera presented a range of watermelon sizes, from personal to midi watermelons (1 to 6kg), all focused on top internal qualities, such as intense red color, high crunchiness and excellent taste, toget

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Gene Editing Approach Aims for Broad Disease Resistance in Staple Food Crops

A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a “knock-in” g

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Hutton Potato Varieties Approved for Export to Kenya

Two potato varieties bred at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee have been recommended for release in Kenya thanks to the concerted efforts of AHDB, SASA, Seeds2B Africa – part of the Syngenta Foundation – and the Institute’s commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited.Hutton varieties Gemson and L

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‘Develop a National Programme for Integrated Pest Management’

The Netherlands should develop a national programme for Integrated Pest Management, to communally harmonize crop protection efforts and empower farmers. This was one of the recommendations presented at the final day of the Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety course of Wageningen Centre for De

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The Architecture of a Story

Content Marketing 101 – create and distribute consistent, relevant, and engaging content that attracts a defined audience and ultimately drives action. Regardless of the channel – website, newsletter, social media, video, sell sheets, or webinars – your content should tell a story. Why? Storytelling

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New Research Seeks to Support Sustainable Farm Businesses in Europe

New farmers can face quite a number of barriers in developing sustainable businesses, including access to land, labour, capital, housing, markets, networks and knowledge. A new Europe-wide research initiative aims to overcome these hurdles through increased access to information resources, including

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The Highly Complex Sugarcane Genome Has Finally Been Sequenced

CIRAD and its partners* had to use cunning to establish the first sugarcane reference sequence. The plant’s genome is so complex that conventional sequencing techniques had proved useless. This meant that sugarcane was the last major cultivated plant to have its genome sequenced.A novel sequencing m

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Reining in Soil’s Nitrogen Chemistry

Take a trip down into the soil beneath a field of crops. You won’t find just dirt, water, and creepy-crawlies. You’ll also find reactions that remind you of high school chemistry lab.Many researchers study the reactions of elements and compounds in the soil, especially because some, like nitrogen, a

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Will We Eat Green Proteins in the Future?

This is one of the big questions, which a newly launched EU project will address over the next five years. The vision with the project, called EUCLEG, is to strengthen a food- and feed production less dependent upon imported soybean. EUCLEG is a concatenation of “EU – China – Legumes”, and EU and C

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£5 Million Boost to UK Research

Four of the United Kingdom’s leading universities and research centres have been given a £5.3 million (around €6 milllion) boost to fund their work on improving crop resilience, sustainability and quality. The recipients, including ENDURE partner Rothamsted Research, will receive the funding over th

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Breaking Ground: Tom Hagen Brings IT Expertise to Crop Breeding

From an early age, Tom Hagen has enjoyed watching plants grow and solving complex problems. Now, as the enterprise breeding system manager at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Hagen is combining his expertise in crop breeding and IT to help researchers and farmers be mor

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Climate Change Linked to Potential Population Decline in Bees

A new study from Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden has found that climate change may drive local extinction of mason bees in Arizona and other naturally warm climates.In a two-year, in situ field experiment that altered the temperature of the bees’ nests to simulate a warmer, fu

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Fife has the Best Soil in Show 2018

John Weir, of Lacesston Farm near Cupar, has been announced as the winner of Best Soil in Show at the Royal Highland Show 2018, with Douglas Greig, of Tealing by Dundee, scooping the Young Farmers prize for a record third time.Lacesston is a 200-hectare farm which predominantly grows spring barley f

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Bee Health: Data Partnership a ‘Milestone’ in European Campaign

The establishment of the EU Bee Partnership could be a milestone in the fight to protect bees, the chair of the European Parliament’s Bee Week said at the conclusion of this year’s event. Michel Dantin MEP made his remarks after he and more than 150 other MEPS and stakeholders with an interest in be

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Reproducibility Matters in Large-Scale Maize Study

A plant’s health is affected not only by conditions such as water and temperature, but by the microorganisms that live around its roots. The rhizosphere microbiome, as this microbial community is known, regulates nutrient availability to the plant from the soil, and can impact plant growth and yield

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Whole Genome Sequencing in Food Safety: The State of Play

EFSA has published two reports which provide a picture of how whole genome sequencing (WGS) can be used in food safety and how extensively such techniques are used in Europe.WGS is increasingly used in public health and food safety laboratories, but it is used in different ways in different countrie

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New Mechanism for the Plant Hormone Auxin Discovered

Auxin is a hormone that is essential for the development of plants as it controls a wide range of processes from shaping the embryo in the seed to branching of the growing plant. Previously, it was believed that auxin’s main signaling mechanism operated in the cell nucleus and acted only by regulati

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