Nilceli Fernandes on 12/02/2021

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Our company recently opened the 3rd CSAT centre, this time in France. We felt it was necessary to build one in Europe because of the significantly large EMEA seed treatment market. At the same time, we are facing difficulties with seed treatment restrictions on the continent, so it is important to h

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Christian S. Jensen on 12/01/2021

No Need to Look for the Needle in the DNA-stack When You Can Create One Yourself

Many professionals in plant business are familiar with the recent introduction of a technology, called “genome editing”, which has the potential to change breeding dramatically. The most commonly used genome editor is the Crispr/CAS system. Crispr/CAS can make a mutation at specific positions in any

  Christian S. Jensen
Marcel Bruins on 12/01/2021

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
Marc Zienkiewicz on 11/30/2021

Our Industry is Starting to Look Different. That’s Good for us and the Public, too

Can changing the face of our industry bolster public trust?A 2018 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Polish researchers found that we tend to trust people who look like us more than we trust people who appear different.While this presents challenges for society, the fa

  Marc Zienkiewicz
European Seed on 11/30/2021

Banning GMOs Deprive Farmers and Consumers Economic and Health Benefits, Report

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) of the United States released a report that outlined how biotech crops can improve the economic welfare of farmers. It states that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cause higher food prices and deny consumers significant health benefits.

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Alex Martin on 11/29/2021

There’s Not a “One-Size-Fits-All” Approach to Ag

The debate about GMO safety and sustainability is ongoing, but one fact remains: food security is paramount.Does the absence of agricultural biotechnology lead to a greener world? Would widespread adoption of organic practices provide enough food to feed a fast-growing global population?The question

  Alex Martin
Marcel Bruins on 11/26/2021

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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European Seed on 11/26/2021

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

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Joe Schwarcz on 11/26/2021

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,

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Ashley Robinson on 11/25/2021

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
European Seed on 11/24/2021

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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David Zaruk on 11/24/2021

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
Marcel Bruins on 11/23/2021

Interview with Jacques Rabayrol, New Chair of Euroseeds Maize and Sorghum Section

European Seed Editorial Director Marcel Bruins sat down with Jacques Rabayrol, New Chairman of Euroseeds — Maize and Sorghum Section at the Euroseeds 2021 Congress in Prague, Czechia. They discussed the main challenges of the two crops, room for growth, and the benefits for the farmer when it comes

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European Seed on 11/23/2021

NRGene Signs Agreement with Top Seeds International

NRGene, an AI based genomic company operating in the agricultural industry, and Top Seeds International Ltd., a global seed company wholly owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., have signed a collaboration agreement to develop and commercialize new and improved cherry tomato varieties.Based on the agreement,

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European Seed on 11/22/2021

Thinking About Going Bulk? Start Here

USC developed and perfected the bulk site process. The streamlined approach provides experience and equipment from start to finish.A growing seed treating operation is both exciting and overwhelming, and often times, comes with a plethora of decisions to be made for the business. One of the most imp

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Marcel Bruins on 11/22/2021

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

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European Seed on 11/18/2021

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

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European Seed on 11/18/2021

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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