Special Starting Material

Floricultura obtains MPS-GAP certification

In August 2019 Floricultura obtained MPS-GAP as well as GlobalGAP certification in the Netherlands. ‘Not only does our production process require a great deal of meticulous care and attention, so do our employees. Through this certification we wish to emphasise that Floricultura guarantees quality and…

Production practices for tree propagation

Developed through a partnership between Vineland and A.M.A. Horticulture, RootSmart – a research-based solution to root girdling – was introduced in early 2018. Vineland has just launched a guide to help growers incorporate the RootSmart system into their production practices for tree propagation. The guide…

New EU regulations on plant health

In October 2016, a new European Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 (Regulation) on protective measures against plant pests was adopted. The Regulation repeals and replaces seven existing European Directives on harmful organisms. They entered into force on 13 December 2016 and will be directly applicable in all of…

Fleuroselect reports successful campaign against illegal re-propagation

Pot and bedding plant breeders united in Fleuroselect report on a successful 2019 campaign against illegal propagation of legally protected varieties. Nine breeders and six main countriesNine top pot and bedding plant breeders collectively represented within Fleuroselect supported the campaign which…

Research center bolsters Taiwan’s floriculture industry

Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert Tari-12 is found in only one place in the world: the Floriculture Research Center in western Taiwan’s Yunlin County. Featuring delicate petals patterned in pink, red and white, the hybrid orchid is among several experimental strains set for possible commercial cultivation in…

Schoneveld Breeding introduces Cyclamen Super Serie Crayon

Cyclamen Super Serie Crayon will be shown for the first time during the Cyclamen Open Days of Schoneveld Breeding. Crayon is characterized by its unique colour pattern that is reminiscent of a piece of chalk (or crayon). This year Crayon is still pre-introduction and therefore not freely available, the…

Beekenkamp invests in BKX trays and new seed lines

Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals has invested in sustainable BKX trays and in new seed lines. In addition to reducing the environmental impact, this combination also ensures an increase in plant quality, uniformity, capacity and efficiency. Also at Beekenkamp Plants Vegetables, work to improve…

Plant diversity and endemism in China: Unreachable locations and diverse microclimates

A new issue of the scholarly, open-access and peer-reviewed journal PhytoKeys focuses on the Chinese biodiversity hotspots and their substantial role in understanding the country's unique flora. The special issue embarks on a treasure hunt into China's biodiversity hotspots, including the descriptions of…

Australia: Improving plant industry access to new genetics

A new Hort Innovation levy-funded project seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of virus detection in plant genetic material in post-entry quarantine facilities, through the adoption of next-generation sequencing. Utilisation of this sequencing technology will improve current methods and…

September: Special Starting Material

Good quality starting material is very important in the horti- and floriculture sector. The quality of the crop is inextricably linked to the quality of the starting material that has been used. Therefore, this month we are focusing on the best possible materials that will guarantee a successful…


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