Tomato: 12 Things You Should Know

The tomato is native to South America. One species, Solanum lycopersicum, was transported to Mexico where it was grown and consumed by Mesoamerican civilizations, like the Mayans, who developed the larger furrowed fruits.Aztecs and other peoples in the region used the fruit in their cooking; it was

  Marcel Bruins

Interview with Shelagh Kell, Farmers Pride Project Manager

European Seed Editorial Director Marcel Bruins sat down with Shelagh Kell, the Project Manager of the EU funded project Farmers Pride and the chair of the Eucarpia Genetic Resources Section – University of Birmingham, at the Euroseeds 2021 Congress in Prague, Czechia. The EU project Farmers Pride, f

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What’s Up Doc?

Remember Bugs Bunny’s classic question, “What’s up Doc?” I’ll tell you what’s up. Carrot consumption! Why? Because those polyethylene-bagged cute little baby carrots are extremely appealing. No peeling, no washing, ready to eat. Office workers are snacking on them, TV viewers are reaching for them,

  Joe Schwarcz

Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change

New seed technology and collaboration is helping to keep crops growing as temperatures heat up.In recent years, extreme weather events seem to have become more common as evident with climate change making headlines. As temperatures rise or fall and droughts or deluges become more common, the seed in

  Ashley Robinson

New Research Illustrates Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in Agriculture

New research published today by the James Hutton Institute has found that the shift to virtual meetings and events due to the Covid-19 pandemic improved accessibility to knowledge exchange, networking, and organisations for women working on farms and in agricultural careers across Scotland. The virt

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Time to Pull the Plug on the Precautionary Principle

Twenty years is a long time in the wilderness.Since 2001 and the European Environment Agency’s publication, Late Lessons from Early Warnings, the European Commission has applied an activist interpretation of the precautionary principle. In that time, there has been a constant exodus of scientists fr

  David Zaruk

Dually-beneficial Habitats are Strengthening More Resilient Biodiversity

As you look across fields today, you are more often being greeted by a surprising sight. Instead of just seeing the crop, you’ll often see purposefully sown flowers to delight your senses and serve and important purpose: create a habitat for pollinators.Take time to learn more about the usefulness o

  Marcel Bruins

Farmer Choice Emphasized at FAO Seed Systems Conference

On 4-5 November, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized The Global Conference on Green Development of Seed Industries. The online forum brought together private and public sector opinion leaders and industry stakeholders to discuss “how to make quality seeds of

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How Vegetable Breeders are Handling Organics

According to the most recent data, organic farming covered almost 13.8 million hectares of agricultural land in the EU-27 in 2019 (= 8.5 per cent of the total utilised agricultural area), an increase of 0.5 percentage points from 2018. The increase in organic area between 2012 and 2019 was 46 per ce

  Marcel Bruins

European Parliament Votes to Adopt Farm to Fork

In late October, an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament voted in favour of adopting the Farm to Fork strategy. The move kicks off a domino-effect on farmers, agricultural companies and, ultimately, consumers.This strategy for farmers and agriculturalist in the EU has admirable intention

  Sonja Begemann

Stop! We are Saving the Wrong Bees

In 2018 the EU had 17.6 million honeybee hives, managed by 650,000 beekeepers. These hives altogether produced 280,000 tonnes of honey. Beekeeping is practiced in all EU Member States where, together, they are the world’s second largest honey producer.Despite millions of hives, people are worried ab

  Marcel Bruins

Seed Systems as Enablers to Seed Choice

On the occasion of the FAO Global Conference on Green Development of Seed Industries held on November 4-5, the International Seed Federation (ISF) called for collaboration between the private and public sectors towards sustainable agriculture based on seed resilience and enabling seed choice for far

  European Seed

U.S., EU Launch Collaboration Platform on Agriculture

European Union Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski and United States Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement on a newly created transatlantic collaboration platform on agriculture designed to take on the global challenges of sustainability an

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Move Over Soybeans, Lupin is Here to Stay

What’s next in breeding this exciting high-protein and “quirky” crop As the European livestock sector looks to replace imported soybeans in animal feed, other high -protein crops are in the spotlight including lupins. Because of its potential as a high-protein feed and food ingredient, lupin has ne

  Treena Hein

New Targets for Crop Genetic Improvement Found

Rothamsted scientists have made a series of unexpected discoveries within the wheat genome which they say should lead to new wheat varieties over the coming years.Looking at almost 1300 of the ‘promoter’ regions that regulate the activity of genes in 95 different commercial, landrace and ancestral w

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GE Labeling Gives Consumers a Reason to Trust

While GMO ingredients have come into question from regulatory bodies, mandatory labeling gives way to education opportunities.Genetically engineered (GE) products have been under fire since the dawn of their existence, starting with the Flavr Savr tomato. There was a lot of hype when it came to mark

  Alex Martin