The European elections are behind us and the dust is settling. Thinking about the future of the European agricultural sector, there’s a lot at stake, and the next European Parliament and Commission will have to deal with a number of important issues. In recent years the discussion over the need for

  Lesley Nakonechny

The Man Behind The Myth: An In-Depth Interview with Garlich von Essen

For the past 15 years, he has been the Secretary-General of the European Seed Association (ESA), now Euroseeds. Before that he was Director Public Affairs at ESA for four years, and Political Advisor in the European Parliament for another four years. He has been leading the European seed sector from

  Marcel Bruins

Aspects on Essentially Derived Varieties in the EU

The European Union plant variety protection system (EU PVP) is based on the UPOV 1991 Convention. The concept of essentially derived varieties (EDV) is found in Art 13 of Council Regulation 2100/94 (the EU PVP Regulation). The text of Article 13 is similar but not identical to Art 14 of the UPOV 199

  Martin Ekvad

Settling Dust

The European elections are behind us and the dust is settling. Thinking about the future of the European agricultural sector, there’s a lot at stake, and the next European Parliament and Commission will have to deal with a number of important issues. In recent years the discussion over the need for

  Marcel Bruins

Embracing Nature: Rebranding ESA to Euroseeds

Since mid-July 2019 ESA has formally become Euroseeds and launched the new Euroseeds website: www.euroseeds.eu(same url as before). Such decisions are not take lightly, so European Seed wanted to find out more and asked Valentina Garoia, Manager Communications of Euroseeds for her take on the rebran

  Marcel Bruins

International Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et)

Solving the Protein Puzzle on a Global Level A global “return” to balance in protein consumption; less animal and more vegetable. During the third international edition of the Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et), on 17 October, food producers, growers, breeders, investors, research institutes an

  European Seed

Growers and Partners From the Chain Welcome at Bejo Open Days

The annual Bejo Open Days will take place in Warmenhuizen from 24th to 28th September 2019. Vegetable growers and chain partners from all over the world will travel to the Netherlands for this event. As a vegetable seed specialist, together with our clients and business relationships we explore oppo

  European Seed

Promoting Crop Diversification in European Agriculture

Scientists of the James Hutton Institute will meet with European colleagues to discuss all scientific aspects of diversifying agricultural and food systems, on the practical implementation of crop diversification in value chains and on policy-related issues, during the first European Conference on C

  European Seed

Seed Meets Technology Focuses on Innovation

The sixth edition of Seed Meets Technology shines a spotlight on the development of a Vision for the Future for Crop Protection 2030At the end of September, the international seed world will convene in Seed Valley to discover the latest developments in the field of seeds. Seeds Meets Technology will

  European Seed

Can We Feed the World Without Destroying the Planet?

The ‘World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future’ shows that it is possible. There is no silver bullet –but technology can play an important role.How can the world adequately feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050 in ways that help combat poverty, allow the world to meet clima

  European Seed

How French Plant Breeders Protect Themselves

For decades, France has had a seed royalty system for funding plant breeding innovation and creating value in the cereals sector which it continues to build on. As we work to create a value creation system of our own in Canada, Germination recently found itself in France and asked French officials t

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Can Palm Oil be Replaced?

FAT is Making Sense of the Oilseeds Market.Oleic, high oleic, low oleic, linoleic, fatty acids, saturated, unsaturated, mono, poly, palm, no palm, sustainable palm: the oilseeds market is certainly not an easy one to fathom nowadays. To learn about the complex and not always so transparent oilseeds

  Marcel Bruins

KeyGene Scientists First to Discover ‘Non-Susceptible’ Sweet Pepper Plants

Working in a partnership with leading vegetable breeding companies, scientists from KeyGene have discovered sweet pepper plants which show a new type of insensitivity to a group of harmful pathogens: geminiviruses. The new find is also described as a “loss of susceptibility.” This type of insensitiv

  European Seed

Yield-Boosting Stay-Green Gene Identified from 118-Year-Old Experiment in Corn

A corn gene identified from a 118-year-old experiment at the University of Illinois could boost yields of today’s elite hybrids with no added inputs. The gene, identified in a recent Plant Biotechnology Journal study, controls a critical piece of senescence, or seasonal die-back, in corn. When the g

  European Seed

ESA is now Euroseeds

ESA is now Euroseeds and their new website is now live.The url of the new website is the same as before: www.euroseeds.eu.Euroseeds is still updating a few minor items on their website and in the course of the coming weeks they will implement a few more updates.Members AreaEuroseeds members can stil

  European Seed

Notorious, Complex and Fascinating at the Same Time

The notorious concept of the “Essentially Derived Variety” (EDV) is one of the most complex yet fascinating legal constructions in the plant breeding rights’ arena.Historically, the legal construct of the EDV was adopted at the occasion of the revision of the UPOV Convention leading to the UPOV 1991

  Angela Martinez Lopez

Who is the Farmer of 2040?

One research firm set out to better understand the psychology of the farmers who are most likely to lead the industry in 2040 and the implications for retailers and those who seek to serve them.If you had a crystal ball to look 20-plus years into the future, would you? Sometimes knowing the future c

  Julie Deering