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Kees Gram and John Damen, Royal van Zanten:

"Ecuadorian growers broaden scope"

Ecuador is known as a land of roses. Still, Ecuadorian companies are broadening their scope and alstroemerias and statice are good potential newcomers in the assortment, according to Kees Gram and John Damen, Royal Van Zanten Breeding. During the Expo Flor Ecuador conference in Quito, Ecuador, last…

Fragrant garden roses: an interesting growing market

“If the garden roses are big-headed and both fragrant and healthy, it is easy to sell them”, says Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever, who sees the market for fragrant garden roses growing. For several years, this Danish breeder has been working on developing fragrant garden roses with the above mentioned…

HBA opens test locations in Kenya and Colombia for cut flower hydrangea

Hydrangea Breeders Association actively develops cut flower hydrangea for various climatological areas. Apart from the moderate North-Western European climate zone for which varieties like Royal Kiss and Royal Benefit were introduced, HBA is specifically developing varieties for production areas around…

Super Purple Sinuatum Limonium wins golden medal

“The patented way Colombian grower La Plazoleta grows brings the best in its genetics. Their variety Super Purple Sinuatum Limonium shined in Russia", says Lourdes Reyes BallSB marketing Director. At the Russia Flower Show held last month in Moscow the purple Limonium won the golden medal in the flower…

Colombian carnation breeder spreads wings in Kenya

Kenya is one of the biggest growers of cut flowers in the world, but mainly focused on roses. It is always risky to put all your eggs in one basket, therefore some Kenyan growers are looking for new alternatives that allow them to diversify their risk; carnations is one of the options. Along with Celiar Norena (general…

Danziger & ToolGen sign MOU for joint research and commercialization

On September 30, 2018, Danziger Innovations and ToolGen, a Korean genome editing technology company, signed an MOU to promote a technological alliance for development of genome edited plant crops on September 30, 2018. ToolGen is a biotech company with fundamental CRISPR/Cas9 technology IP. Toolgen and Monsanto recently reached a global…

A visit to the new show and trial location of De Ruiter Ecuador

Testing brought to new heights to better match farm conditions

For two years now, De Ruiter has been trialing their varieties at Anniroses in Tabacando. They moved to this location because of the altitude. "We wanted to bring all varieties to the conditions most farms are in", says Juan Pablo Rengifo, Sales Manager at De Ruiter Ecuador Roses. Currently, they are…

A visit to Plantec Ecuador

An insight in the selection and propagation of roses in Ecuador

Selecting and propagating rose varieties: It's a tough job, and Plantec Ecuador has been doing it for nearly three decades in Ecuador. They were the first to select rose varieties in Latin America, and over the years, they have grown to be the largest propagator of rose plants in Latin America. Nowadays,…

KeyGene paper in Genetics:

"Mendel was actually looking for innovative crops"

Gregor Mendel, the monk who became famous for his pioneering work in plant genetics, initially wanted to create new, better crops. Only at a later stage did he become fascinated by how plant traits are inherited. This is the conclusion of a study published by plant breeding researcher Peter van Dijk in…

UK: A year in the life of Coreopsis Walberton’s Flying Saucers

Since its launch in 1997, a whopping 300,000 Walberton Nursery’s own bred Coreopsis Walberton’s Flying Saucers have been sold to the UK garden centre market. Reaching thousands of UK homes each year, its ongoing success is in no small part thanks to the attention to detail of staff – from Walberton…

Lourdes Reyes of BallSB on Delphinium Sea Waltz:

Ecuador: "They really got the potential out of the variety"

“Wow, how a grower can exceed the expectations of a breeder”, says Lourdes Reyes of BallSB when seeing the Sea Waltz delphinium shown by Ecuadorian growers Florisol and Valleflor at the Expo Flor Ecuador in Quito. “With the growing cultivations that these growers are developing, they get these tall,…

Damien Cabaret, Meilland:

“Scented garden cut roses: an opportunity for Russian growers”

A lot of flowers sold in Moscow are imported from countries like Ecuador, Colombia and The Netherlands. But there is a high potential for local growers, according to Damien Cabaret of Meilland. At this year’s FlowerExpo the French breeder showed only scented garden type cut roses. “These are challenging…

Indonesia: Researchers find 160 orchid species in Bengkulu

A group of researchers from Bengkulu University's school of agriculture has found and documented 160 orchid species in the region. "Many orchids were discovered through search expeditions conducted…

Interview with Heike Gronemann

"FleuroStar brings breeders and retail closer together"

Every year the international organization for the ornamental plants industry Fleuroselect presents the FleuroStar award. This is awarded to an innovation, which has the strongest 'wow-factor'; a pot or bedding plant that immediately catches the eye on the shop floor or anywhere else. In the following, Heike Gronemann talks…

How do plant cells know in which direction to divide?

Wageningen University & Research scientists have found an answer to a fundamental question botanists have been asking for over a century: how do plant cells know in which direction to divide? “We finally understand for the first time how the mechanism may work,” says development biologist Ben…

Newly discovered enzyme is 'firing pin' for plant immunity

Just like humans, plants have an immune system that helps them fight off infections. Plant immunity has some important differences: they don’t make antibodies and can’t fight off the same bug more quickly months or years later. However, plant cells can identify pathogens and react to them, often by…

Cannova lauded in Europe

Cannova has made quite an impression in Europe over the past summer. The Austrian capital Vienna is again bursting with 80,000 colourful Cannas, and Cannova won the ‘Award of Garden Merit’ no fewer than four times in the UK. This is a prestigious award presented by the Royal Horticultural Society. The Cannas from plant breeder…

Bamboo and rattan genomes sequenced

The Genome Atlas of Bamboo and Rattan (GABR) project has yielded a new chromosome-level genome assembly of moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) and two representative rattan…

Gold Medal for ’King of Infinity’ in Moscow

The Danish rose breeder Rosa Eskelund extended her collection of rewards for excellent breeding with yet another Gold Medal. This time the ’King of Infinity’ from the Infinity series received the prize for ’Novelty of the Year’ at the ’FlowersExpo 2018’ in Moscow. "The year 2018 has so far been a fantastic year", says…

An exploration game about breeding plants

Plenty of explorations games give you the opportunity to walk through colorful fields or strange, alien worlds. But sometimes it feels like all you can do is wander around. Mendel allows the player to breed plants in order to create wild and unexpected new species. Created by Owen Bell, Mendel is as much a science…

Changes abound in Dekker varieties supply

Starting week 38 Van Helvoort Chrysanten expands the assortment. Next to Funny Santini, Van Helvoort Chrysanten is also going to supply AAA Krissi Currant. The uniformity, strong branches and plane flowerscreen make Krissi a perfect workable product in several arrangements. From week 38 grower…

Best plant introduction bedding or pot plant

UK: Garvinea Sweet Sunset scoops award at Four Oaks Trade Show

The Garvinea Sweet Sunset won the award for Best plant introduction bedding or pot plant at Four Oaks Trade Show. We’re very proud to receive this award for the bright bi-color Garden Gerbera. The Garvinea Sweet Sunset is the first bi-color Garvinea. With its strong orange-yellow bi-color and large…

Noelia Mansilla, Head of Commercial Operations EMEA at Dümmen Orange

The industry through the eyes of a newcomer

"What I like most is the energy, dedication and passion in the industry. This is very unique", says Noelia Mansilla, a newcomer in the flower industry. After years of working in the chemical industry, she started as Head of Commercial Operations EMEA at Dümmen Orange in January 2018. She told us more…

“Flower trials and patience: that's what propagation is all about”

We continue the story where we left off in our MUM magazine #01 : Wim Declercq, head breeder at Gediflora, has created a new breed. What is the next step? “When the breeding processes are finalised, propagation starts. Our plant literally goes on a journey, which will eventually result, after several…

ASTA highlights Farm Bill Conference priorities

In a letter to Farm Bill Conferees, the American Seed Trade Association highlights a number of proposal areas that they say are of critical importance to the seed industry,…

Groundwork for playing with the architecture of plants

Growing tomatoes at the same height so that they can be easily picked by a harvesting robot. Growing deeper roots where the soil is dry. These types of changes to plant architecture may well be enabled in the future thanks to scientists from Wageningen University & Research who have shown how to…

Crop innovators partner to unlock intrinsic yield and sustainability genes

Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, and Agribody Technologies, an emerging agricultural biotechnology company, are partnering to deliver non-GMO yield and sustainability traits for seed companies working in corn, soy, alfalfa, cotton,…

Suntory Flowers receives Horticulture Innovation Award

Suntory Flowers received the Horticultural Innovation Award from the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) on August 15, during the organization’s general assembly. The event was held in conjunction with the International Horticultural Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, drawing 1,800…

Proven Winners:

US: Trial results from North to South

Each year Proven Winners releases trial results of their plants as they receive the information from trial gardens around the United States and Canada. They spend a lot of time selecting the plants that perform the best across the continent, using a simple system of rating: Top Performer: Means plants…

Celebrating the year of the Marigold and Pepper

2018 is the year of the Marigold and the Pepper, according to Fleuroselect, the international organization for the ornamental plants industry. For PanAmerican Seed, this is a good opportunity to highlight their extended assortment of these products. Marigold: Bring sunshine to your garden One of the…

Researchers discover key to mass producing beneficial plant compounds

Purdue University scientists have discovered the switch in plants that turns off production of terpenoids, compounds that play roles in plant physiology and are used by humans in everything from fragrances and flavoring to biofuels and pharmaceuticals. Terpenoids can be used to develop nutritional…

US (OR): University seeks to breed better lilacs

The Ornamental Plant Breeding Program at Oregon State University is attempting to create a better re-blooming lilac and make it more blight resistant. “We want a really good re-bloomer,” said Ryan Contreras, an associate professor of ornamental plant breeding at OSU. “(Lilacs) bloom in early spring, and…

Europe: Calluna season starts off with a bang

The calluna (heather) season is about to take off and for German calluna breeder Heidezüchtung Kurt Kramer, it is the time of the year to promote their brand Gardengirls directly to the consumer and present their new varieties for the next growing season. Promotion to consumers Now six years in the row,…

“We want to know which colours and shapes are well received”

Hydrangea breeder out of passion

Business is blooming: Every year Kötterheinrich Hortensienkulturen opens its doors for visitors to visit the large show of hydrangea varieties in its greenhouses in Lengerich. The company has evolved from a pure potted plant firm into a specialist hydrangea grower. by Katharina Adams The hydrangea grower: open-door day and show…

Innovation is complicated by difficult and expensive testing requirements

European Court inhibits new breeding techniques

The European Court ruled on 25 July that new mutation techniques must be assessed under the difficult and expensive testing for GMOs. Plantum, the branch organization for…

All-America Selections accepting entries for all 2019 trials

In 2015, All-America Selections (AAS) in conjunction with the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), launched a brand new herbaceous perennial trial with five entries and…

Griffin publishes Seed & Plant catalog with bonus digital resources

Griffin has announced the publication of its new Seed & Plant catalog for the 2018-19 season. The 2019 Seed & Plant catalog is available now in print and expanded digital formats. At 280 pages, the print catalog is the company’s most expansive yet, featuring nearly 500 new and improved varieties from the…

Breeder Rosa Eskelund receives The Golden Rose

The Danish and internationally acknowledged rose breeder Rosa Eskelund received The Golden Rose from the World Federation of Rose Societies. Rosa Eskelund received this honour for her breeding of the rose ‘Friendship Forever’ to mark the 50th anniversary of WFRS, which was celebrated in Copenhagen in…


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