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International project seeks new varieties to save the banana from extinction

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-25 Fri 10:17
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A recent Food Navigator article highlighted the progress of a global research initiative to help prevent the extinction of the banana. This fruit, which is very popular in the world, is an important food and commercial crop in tropical and subtropical regions. The most common banana variety is the…

Data-driven, connected and sustainable vegetable production is the future

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-25 Fri 10:04
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Last year, Hoogendoorn Growth Management partnered with BASF Vegetable Seeds, so BASF could gain experieces with various automated growing software and hardware for hydroponic lettuce and tomato.

“Next to the extremely huge learnings we made in modern climate management we’ve seen massive opportunities to improve our own processes and to add value to our genetics. Using the principles of Growing by Plant Empowerment to control the plant balances and optimize photosynthetic activity, we were able to significantly increase the growth spead of hydroponic lettuce while improving crop quality at the same time,” explaines Martin Voorberg, R&D Capital Investment Venture Manager at BASF. “We had the same experience with high-tech tomatoes when production was higher during the winter months compared to references from professional growers. As a consequence, we will increase our investments in the facilities at ‘s-Gravenzande to make all greenhouse compartments ready for automated growing.”

Read the entire article, written by BASF, on Hortidaily.

Bayer trials new tomato varieties with ToBRFV resistance

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:59
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Bayer announced the final large-scale pre-launch trials of Roma-type tomatoes to help growers address Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). The trials, which begin later this month in Mexico, will include two varieties of Roma-type tomato that claim Intermediate Resistance (IR) to ToBRFV. The type of…

Sakata Seed America starts division for indoor-grown varieties

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 13:47
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Sakata Seed America, Morgan Hill, Calif., has a new department that focuses on controlled environment agriculture, including traditional greenhouse operations and the newer wave of indoor production through vertical farms.

The move will boost Sakata’s role in developing produce to be grown in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) facilities, according to a news release. “We have been focused on this segment for a number of years, especially in the leafy greens category,” Justin Davis, Sakata Seed America’s director of sales and marketing, said in the release. “The timing is ideal for Sakata to create this group to hone our efforts on CEA in order to bring more products to the market for Indoor ag.”

Tracy Lee, who joined Sakata Seed America 11 years ago, will lead the new division. She has also been involved in product management at Geo. W. Park Seed Co. Inc. and W Atlee Burpee.

At Sakata Seed America, she has been involved in product development for multiple categories, and handling home garden and farm market vegetable seed sales.

“I think there is tremendous growth opportunity in serving the controlled environment agriculture segment, and I’m very pleased that Sakata is continuing its leadership in the market,” Lee said in the release. “This is something that I’m passionate about and have been active in for the past several years.”

Syngenta launching new tomato varieties

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 08:17
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Syngenta has launched the campaign Un País de Tomates 2.0 (Tomato country 2.0) to present the company's new tomato varieties. Rafael Salinas, Syngenta's Product Manager for Tomatoes, said that they are developing rustic varieties with a high level of resistance to pests and diseases; varieties that are…

Water-soluble carbon nanoparticles improve lettuce under salinity stress

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-17 Mon 07:54
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Seed germination is a critical developmental phase for seedling establishment and crop production. Increasing salinity stress associated with climatic change can pose a challenge for seed germination and stand establishment of many crops including lettuce. In a recent study, researchers show that water…

Bayer invests in vertical farming with focus on seeds

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 23:21
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Vertical farming, the bastion of tech start-ups, has attracted the attention of global company Bayer AG, with plans to develop vegetable varieties suited to that indoor farming model.

Leaps by Bayer, the Bayer AG “impact investment arm,” and Temasek, an investment company headquartered in Singapore, have formed Unfold to target innovation of vegetable varieties designed for vertical farms. according to a news release.

Led by CEO John Purcell, Unfold will be a U.S. company in the Davis, Calif., area. The company will have commercial research and development operations in California and Singapore. 

Unfold raised $30 million in the initial funding round and entered into an agreement for certain rights to germplasm from Bayer’s vegetable portfolio, according to the release.

Purcell said Unfold will focus on investment in germplasm and research on crop growth models best suited for vertical farming.

“As a company fully focused on the vertical farming industry, Unfold will combine leading seed genetics with the best ag tech experts in order to dramatically advance productivity, flavor and other consumer preferences,” Purcell said in the release. 

Innovation that offers sustainable solutions for agriculture is one of the 10 areas of engagement and investment that Leaps by Bayer is focused on, Jürgen Eckhardt, head of Leaps by Bayer, said in the release.

Sowing Seeds and Saving Seeds 🌰

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-10 Mon 15:17
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Fast-growing crops to make the most of the season View this newsletter in your browser We're past the peak of summer, but there are many weeks of warm weather ahead, so there's lots of time to plant fast-maturing crops. Check out our list of... Music Organic garlic is a Canadian classic, bred for cold winters, and producing extra-large cloves. It is a hardneck porcelain garlic with white outer skins, and rich purple stripes around the cloves. Order now for September shipping! As the main growing season winds to a close, it's time to consider planting a cover crop. Cover crops can be used to improve soil structure and fertility, reduce erosion, and build organic matter. All this can happen from fall through spring, while vegetable beds are not producing. Find out more about Cover Crops. Lots of the plants we grow produce seeds that are easy to collect and save for planting next season. It only takes a couple of steps to harvest seeds and save them for planting or sharing with others. Find out more about Seed Saving. Copyright © 2020 West Coast Seeds Ltd., All rights reserved.

Planting for fall — and next spring 🌺

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-29 Wed 11:13
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Planting for fall — and next spring 🌺 Last chance for fast growing crops and overwintering bulbs and garlic View this newsletter in your browser The weather is hot, and the days are long — we are at the peak of summer. But there are still many fast-growing crops that can still be planted for harvests from late summer to early winter. Check out our list of... Browse All Fall Flower Bulbs Now Seed garlic also ships in September for fall planting. It will be ready for harvest next July. We have several classic and exotic varieties to choose from. Book your fall planting garlic now! Many seeds remain viable for years and years if stored in ideal conditions. Other types of seeds should be planted from the most recent harvest.

Mysterious Seeds from China Arrive Unsolicited in Texas Mailboxes, Says Ag Commissioner

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-29 Wed 09:23
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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller warned Texans to "exercise extreme caution" if they receive unsolicited seed packets from China. The "mystery seed packets" showed up recently in mailboxes in at least 31 states in recent days.