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September 23, 2020

The seeds of a COVID-19 response

Call for papers for Seed Science Research special issue on seed dormancy, germination and pre-harvest sprouting

Thank you Greenkeepers… for always making our seeds turn into lush, green and beautiful turf!
Tak til alle greenkeepere… for at forvandle vores græsfrø til smukke, grønne baner!

Australia - Big returns drive biological interest - Vegetable grower interest in biological products that improve root development and plant productivity is set to strengthen, especially when they can show a return on investment of A$2,600 per hectare

September 22, 2020

Crop diversity is key to increased profits for Brazilian farmers

"In it for my grandson, in it for food" - The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced many organizations, including Corteva Agriscience, to reimagine the way we operate, now and into the future

Centers of Innovation will spur global crop development

September 21, 2020

Farmer knowledge is key to finding more resilient crops in climate crisis - A warming climate threatens crop diversity; the 'Seeds for Needs' approach combines farmers' knowledge of resilient crops with 'elite' varieties identified by scientists

September 18, 2020

“A semente de soja é o principal drive, é a tecnologia e a produtividade”, afirmou o diretor executivo da Associação Brasileira de Produtores de Sementes de Soja – ABRASS

September 17, 2020

CGIAR breeding programs need more than just tech upgrades — they need change management

Remembering William H. Danforth, M.D., Founding Chairman of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Chancellor Emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis

This year's unsolicited seed scare highlights the work of legitimate seed growers (The Washington Post)

Interest in University of Florida plant breeding program dwindles, concerning farmers and scientists (Fox 13)

September 16, 2020

Can plant-based protein replace animal protein in the food system? Provocative discussion about the risks and opportunities involved in plant-based protein and the future of agriculture to kick off AgTech NEXT

Circular agriculture calls for practical steps
Kringlooplandbouw vraagt praktische stappen

FRance - Plan de Relance et protéines végétales : L’Association Française des biotechnologies végétales (AFBV) appelle au développement des biotechnologies végétales (Agro media)

September 15, 2020

How prepared is South Korea for hi-tech agriculture?

France - Table Ronde Agriculture Biologique: performances et enjeux de la filière

Julius Kühn-Institut veröffentlicht Dossier mit Fragen & Antworten zur Nachweisbarkeit des Einsatzes neuer gentechnischer Methoden bei Erzeugung neuer Pflanzensorten

"Genome Editing": Kommentar von Prof. Dr. Andreas Graner zum Beitrag in „Food“

Biorational developments in open field crops - Jan Mostert, Head of the Biorationals Innovation Team at Certis Europe, discusses the development of biorational control in open field crops

Plan de Relance - L’Union Française des Semenciers salue un dispositif volontaire et appelle à soutenir l’innovation variétale

September 14, 2020

Organic Seed Alliance launches the Seed Patent Watch project

Gesellschaft für Pflanzenzüchtung, Newsline: Genome Editing

Auch eine Frage des Überlebens: Saatgut über die Katastrophe retten - Ein von Deutschland unterstütztes Projekt im Südlichen Afrika zeigt, warum Saatgut in die Nothilfe einbezogen werden muss
Germany supports the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in rebuilding seed systems in Southern Africa after Cyclone Idai

New Zealand - Climate change will probably have the greatest impact on agriculture here through changes in climate variability and climate extremes (Interest)

September 11, 2020

How patents threaten small seed companies - The use of wide-ranging utility patents by a few powerful multinational corporations could make it harder for small companies to breed future crops (Civil Eats)

Brasil - O vazio sanitário terminou, já posso plantar?

Science says yes: Experts defend nutritional benefits of Golden Rice in wake of anti-GM protests (Food Navigator)
Expertos defienden los beneficios del arroz dorado tras protestas contra los transgénicos (ChileBio)

Merging speed too high for country's seed growers (Western Producer)


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