Neonicotinoids: EFSA Assesses Emergency Uses on Sugar Beet in 2020/21

EFSA has completed its assessments of emergency authorisations granted by 11 EU Member States for the use of neonicotinoid-based insecticides on sugar beet in 2020 and 2021.The assessments cover 17 emergency authorisations for plant protection products containing clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiameth

  European Seed

COP26: Urgent Action is Needed to Make Agriculture Greener and More Resilient

Eliminating world hunger by the end of the decade requires urgent action and innovative solutions to the way we produce, distribute and consume food, QU Dongyu, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said 9 November in a message to the UN’s Climate Change Conference (CO

  European Seed

Green Deal Probably Leads to Lower Agricultural Yields

By 2030, the European Commission wants to halve the use of pesticides in agriculture. The use of fertilizer should be reduced according to Europe’s plans. The measures are intended to combat climate change and the loss of biodiversity.A probable consequence, however, is that the yields of agricultur

  European Seed

A Closer Look into the World of Biostimulants

The European Farm to Fork Strategy is calling for a reduction by 50 per cent of the use and risk of chemical pesticides, a reduction of nutrient losses by at least 50 per cent and a reduction in the use of fertilisers by at least 20 per cent by 2030. In addition, it aims to reach 25 per cent of agri

  Marcel Bruins

A New Seed Law For Europe – Or Then Again Not…

By the time the European Commission will present its legislative proposals to amend the current EU regulatory framework for plant variety registration and seed marketing, almost 10 years will have passed since its last and unsuccessful attempt of a comprehensive overhaul of the system. So the logica

  Garlich von Essen

EU Council Must Support Immediate Policy Action on NGTs

24 agri-food value chain partners ask the Ministers of the AgriFish Council to support immediate policy action based on the Commission study on NGTs.The undersigned 24 agri-food value chain partners welcome that the Commission Study on New Genomic Techniques (NGT Study) published on 29 April recogni

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Green Deal Could Open the Door for New Genomic Techniques

New Genomic Technique Legislation Changes Needed to Achieve Goals in Green DealNew genomic techniques (NGT) could be the key to helping European farmers and policymakers successful in the European Green Deal. The plan calls for dramatic changes to agricultural production, among other industries, to

  Sonja Begemann

The Need to Migrate: Sustainable Agriculture in the EU – Part 2

Almost 50% of the EU territory is covered by farmland (both arable land and permanent grassland) leaving a key role for agriculture to play in land management and bestowing a big responsibility in the preservation of natural resources. The EU Commission calls the desired relationship between agricul

  Marcel Bruins

The CIOPORA Chronicle 2021

Celebrating the 60th Anniversaries of UPOV and CIOPORA, and the 30th Anniversary of UPOV 1991, the digital magazine showcases articles by the most influential individuals in Intellectual Property for plants today. Join us on a journey from the beginnings of UPOV towards its future in four chapters:C

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Defining Organic: 50 Shades of Green

When the “Risk-Monger’s Dirty Dozen” list of pesticides used in organic farming was published, I had broken a taboo. Before that 2015 article, most people assumed ‘organic’ meant completely ‘pesticide-free’. Today the word organic has become much more elastic as markets increase, new technologies ch

  David Zaruk

Seeking Clarity on EDV System Roles, Accountabilities and Conditions

The principle of essentially derived varieties (EDV), as implemented under the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention, fortified the scope and strength of the Plant Breeders’ Right (PBR). The PBR granted to a breeder entitles them to decide whether an EDV derived from their protected variety can be commerc

  John Duesing

The EDV Concept and the Breeder’s Exemption

Over the past 30 years, the EDV concept, giving the right to the breeder of the initial variety (IV) to define the conditions under which the commercialization of an EDV bred from his protected IV can take place, became a principle of PBR protection and an important tool for ensuring balanced and ef

  Szonja Csörgő

ISF Views on the Process Related to the Revision of the EXN EDV

Long acknowledged as a critical concept for regulating the application of plant breeders’ rights, Essentially Derived Varieties (EDV) remain at best an intangible notion, difficult to understand concretely.The International Seed Federation (ISF), formerly ASSINSEL, has been at the forefront of the d

  Hélène Khan Niazi

Innovation to Preserve Tradition

How the latest breeding techniques are saving the taste of our most cherished grape vine varietiesEuropean Seed (ES): Michele, could you tell me a bit more about your project?Michele Morgante (MM): We started 21 years ago at the University of Udine with a program to create new wine grapevine varieti

  Marcel Bruins

Quality Seed for Professional Use

The EU seeks to foster a modern and effective regulatory environment for plant breeding and seed productionMore than half of all productivity gains across crops is due to improved genetics and this share is expected to grow even further. The EU Commission has defined seed security and diversity as a

  Päivi Mannerkorpi

Large Increase of Seed Requests from NordGen

The number of seed samples requested from NordGen has increased a lot the last few months. In the last two years, the number of distributed seed samples has almost doubled. This is great news, indicating that the important research infrastructure that the seeds constitute are being used and thereby

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25 Recommendations for a Greener European Agricultural Policy

In the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which will take effect after 2022, the European Commission wants Member States to determine how they want to achieve green goals. This year the Netherlands must draw up a National Strategic Plan for the implementation of the CAP. Researchers from Wagening

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Assessing the Efficacy of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy

European Union politicians call it a “protein transition” strategy—the continent’s sustainable farming blueprint embodied in the Green Deal, the heart of the Farm to Fork (F2F) recommendations edging towards adoption.Getting this right is critical, as Europe’s global policy influence is huge. A revo

  Jon Entine

EU Parliamentarian Norbert Lins Speaks About the Farm to Fork Strategy

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and has several policy areas such as Clean Energy, Biodiversity and the Farm to Fork strategy. The Green Deal itself seeks to address the challenges of sustainable food systems and recognises the inextri

  Marcel Bruins

Daren Tang Assumes Functions as WIPO Director General

Daren Tang, a national of Singapore, officially assumed his functions as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization on October 1, 2020, starting a six-year mandate at the helm of the Organization.Prior to his appointment as WIPO Director General, Mr. Tang served as Chief Execut

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