Breeding

How the orchid keeps reinventing itself

Few flowers come in as many shapes and colours as orchids. Their versatility is an asset for plant lovers who are seeking a floral eye-catcher to add the perfect finishing touch to their interior. But the broader the range, the more trend-sensitive it is. Do today's consumers like the orchids you are…

Heidezüchtung Kurt Kramer

German calluna breeder extends assortment with two new lines

End of August, the calluna season will take off and just in time for this season, calluna breeder Heidezüchtung Kurt Kramer has extended the Gardengirls by two lines; Rasta Girls and Sunset-Girls. RASTA GIRLS Rasta Girls The "bud-bloomers" with hanging shoots have been an important feature of the…

Awards and medals for two garden roses from Roses Forever

Two Danish garden roses were honored with a medal and an honorary award at the 67th international Rosenneuheiten-Wettbewerb 2019 in Baden-Baden, Germany. Roses Forever's Rosa Eskelund, who has bred the roses says: “I am very happy and also pleasantly surprised that two entire roses won acknowledgment.…

Nature's Ventures

New company enters rose breeding world

After breeding for 7 years, the new Kenyan breeding company Nature's Ventures is happy to show their own bred rose varieties to the world. This company, which is part of the VP Group – which has 300 ha flower production - showcased their varieties for the first time at the IFTEX 2019 that took place…

Video: Favorites from the FlowerTrials

The FlowerTrials are over again, and a lot of visitors found their way to the stand of Green Works. Elles from the company talks about her favorite peony in the video below, from Hilverda de Boer. Many others are also included in the video. For more information Greenworks Ed Kleijbeuker M: +31 (0)6 24 94…

"The success of the cut roses encouraged other breeders to go abroad"

What better way to find a new market than to just go there? Last week a group of Korean breeders went to the Netherlands to promote their products at Greentech. Lee Jinseong, of the Korea Seed & Variety Service, Kim van Rijssen of Plantipp and Charlie Jeong of Wonwoo Trading. They were joined by a…

Chinese scientists bloom in efforts to save rare flowers

At over 4,000 meters above sea level, botanist Xue Jingqi and his colleagues felt their heads throbbing with altitude sickness. Local Tibetans guided them as they searched carefully in rocks near Shangri-La, southwest China's Yunnan Province. Then their malaise lifted as they found rare wild peonies they…

Sicamus to introduce own-bred classics collection

Classic varieties still king in jam-packed hydrangea market

Over the years, the number of hydrangea varieties worldwide has increased significantly. Growers large and small all started to breed their own, but now a point may have been reached where growers and buyers cannot see the forest for the trees anymore. At the Garden Trials and Trade that took place in…

Dümmen Orange and Kordes Rosen start collaboration

Dümmen Orange and Kordes Rosen signed an agreement to develop and broaden their collaboration by working together in the Dümmen Orange rose show garden in De Kwakel, the Netherlands. The agreement was signed on May 28 by Philippe Veys (IPT Leader Cut Flower, Dümmen Orange), Koen Stigter (Junior Product…

Schoneveld Breeding opens new site PlantXperience

Last Friday, the new location of Schoneveld Breeding PlantXperience was opened. From all over the world - the company is active in about 60 countries - guests were welcomed. The new construction includes a 1 ha production greenhouse, 7,000 m2 business premises (breeding & R&D, cold store, water…

webinar video

Introduction to plant variety protection in Europe

In this webinar recorded for the EU IPR Helpdesk, Ms. Orsola Lamberti, Legal Advisor at the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), gives an overview of the European Plant…

"Biotech Executive Order vital for U.S. agriculture"

President Trump signed the Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products this week, announcing measures to further promote…

More compact, more buds

New series of Infinity roses on their way

The first Infinity ‘Double Up’ is now ready for the market. It is white, but soon the other colors will follow. “Over the past 10 years, we have focused strongly on the development of the Infinity series. It is important that we can offer our licensed producers the entire color palette, as the roses are…

Jamie Kitz of Sakata Seed America honored by American Academy of Floriculture

Jamie Kitz, Key Account Manager and Corporate Citizenship Specialist of Sakata’s corporate giving program, Sakata Gives, has received a prestigious American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) designation. The American Academy of Floriculture carries out the efforts of the Society of American Florists (SAF), a…

FlowerTrials, Greentech and more events:

Netherlands: the center of floriculture this week

The FlowerTrials and Greentech kicked off today. At the FlowerTrials, 62 breeding companies in three regions present their latest innovations and future developments in pot and bedding plants. In Amsterdam, at the Greentech, the world of horticulture suppliers (techniques in particular) are gathering.…

PanAmerican Seed acquires celosia breeding from Celex

PanAmerican Seed has purchased the complete celosia assortment and breeding research from Celex, a breeder/selection subsidiary under the Dutch cut flower company Fa. Van Der Boog & Van Den Bosch. PanAmerican Seed has collaborated with Celex for more than 25 years on cut-flower celosia series, such…

Netherlands: Product Training for Syngenta Flowers export customers

Export customers from Syngenta Flowers Europe paid a visit to Andijk on the 15th and 16th of May, where a broad range of the breeder's assortment was presented. They met for the annual Business Partner Meeting, to learn more about the latest developments in the Syngenta Flowers assortment. “We organize…

U.S. utility patent granted for Beacon Impatiens

A United States utility patent was granted for PanAmerican Seed's new Beacon Impatiens having a unique form of disease resistance to Impatiens downy mildew. US 10,285,362 covers all 6 colors and two mixes of Beacon Impatiens walleriana. Additional patent applications are pending. “Since its official…

35 years of passion for roses

"We breed roses and don’t work with other cultures," says rose breeder Rosa Eskelund from Roses Forever. "We have decided several years ago to focus on what we are really good at, rose breeding and selection. “But roses range widely, so we have a wide range both within the groups and in the different series. Among other things,…

Seed industry getting down to the nitty-gritty

While there’s a lot of work to be done, the ISF committees are getting down and dirty to find solutions for the seed industry. Communicating, engaging and changing is just a taste of what the International Seed Federation (ISF) is working to achieve this year. They’re also rolling up their sleeves to…

De Ruiter presents new varieties at IFTEX Kenia

A few weeks ago De Ruiter Innovations invited traders, marketeers, auctioneers, business developers and product handlers over for a 'blind variety selection'. The invitees had to judge a number of existing, but mostly not yet commercial varieties, which were lined up without any specifics or details.…

Jeroen Ravensbergen new director Floritec

As of June 12, Jeroen Ravensbergen (51) will be the new general director of Floritec. He will be the successor of René le Clercq, who fulfilled this position on interim basis…

Syngenta Flowers acquires Dutch cyclamen breeding company Varinova

Syngenta announces today, that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Varinova’s Cyclamen business. Varinova is a Dutch company that is fully dedicated to the breeding, production and commercialization of Cyclamen. The combination of technical expertise and the innovative varieties from…

peek at United Selections, Maridadi and Rift Valley Roses

How the Kenyan floriculture industry seeks to meet consumer's demands

Despite a challenging start of the year, Kenyan growers are looking ahead and investing in their crops, facilities and workers. The floriculture industry in this country has been on the rise for many years. Also breeders are investing a lot to bring the best varieties to the market that fit growers' and…

Ronald Karsenbarg, Syngenta

"Delta series improved by 45 percent"

The products in the Syngenta assortment are constantly being examined. Aim is, of course, to continuously improve the flowers. A great example of one such product is the pansy Delta series, which has been improved by more than 45% since 2012. Thus says Product Manager Ronald Karsenbarg. "It sometimes…

Anton van der Zalm, Armada

"Unique genetics guarantee ever more innovation in the chrysanthemum segment"

Amanda Young Plants started its activities on January 1, 2007, and this makes the company one of the youngest breeders in the field. In recent years, the breeder has built up a strong market position and broad assortment with products such as chrysanthemum and aster. They are now active in more than 50…

Savio Ma chief representative for Armada China

By founding Armada China and the assignment of Savio Ma as chief representative, Armada has made an important step in the development of the company. The demand in China for new chrysanthemum varieties and young plants has been growing for many years and is still increasing. Armada’s Dahui Flower…

Companies seek clarity on breeding innovation to stay in EU

Gene editing being outlawed by the European Court of Justice last year made, and keeps on making, for tough discussion between pro and cons. Reason for Euractiv to investigate the possible flight of breeding companies to other parts of the world, thereby trying to valuate the possible set back for the…

Jürgen von den Driesch, Brandkamp:

Lantana: "Bi-colors on the rise"

The lantana is a popular and well-known plant, particularly in Central Europe. Orange and yellow are the traditional and still the most important colors, but over the last years, the interest for the bi-colored ones is increasing. This is explained by Jürgen von den Driesch of Brandkamp. This German breeder put their first…

Arthur Kramer of Florist during their open day:

"The Gerbera’s business in Colombia is very interesting"

On May the 22nd, a Gerbera’s Open House was held at Jacaranda’s Farm in Bogota organized by BallSB and Florist. During the exhibition, clients were able to see the 2019 New Collection with exciting novelties, proven productivity and client’s favorite in Standard and Mini. Among the 2019 novelties, 3 of…

Günter Kemper, Ebbing-Lohaus:

"Primulas with stems are fashionable and quantities are on the rise"

After a positive start, the primula sales dropped towards the end of the season. Even though this mainly had to do with the late onset of the winter with low temperatures, the quantity of sold primroses in Europe is decreasing for the last years now. Therefore, bringing new and non-traditional primulas…

19th of June at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden:

Shean Strong will make live bouquets at Dekker Chrysanten Miami Experience

Only a few weeks left until the Dekker Chrysanten Miami Experience. Shean Strong is invited to be their lead designer and will make some live bouquets and table pieces. Read what he does here www.sheanstrong.com or follow him on Instagram @sheanstrong Shean Strong has a message for you! See the video…

Baie des Anges Romantica Radprov:

Meilland introduces new rose at the award ceremony of the 11th Grand Prix de la Rose

On the occasion of the award ceremony of the 11th Grand Prix de la Rose, organized by the National Society of Horticulture of France (SNHF), the new Baie des Anges Romantica Radprov rose was presented. Bouquet of Baie des Anges ROMANTICA® Radprov (© SNHF) "It is an exceptional variety that leaves no one…

June 5-8, 2019:

Kenya: Open Days at WAC International in Naivasha

During the IFTEX week in Nairobi, many growers and breeders will open their doors to visitors of the trade fair. One of the breeders who will be showing their varieties is WAC International. At their trial house in Naivasha, the visitors can meet their latest varieties. Over 30 varieties will be on…

Meet the new King: AMORE King of Hearts Petunia

Danziger creates a Royal Experience at the FlowerTrials

Danziger's FlowerTrials can be found at Royal Van Zanten in the Aalsmeer region and this year, they have again created an innovative experience that will delight and inspire, highlighting new introductions, retail display ideas and fun new ways to share the love of gardening. "Our 2020 introductions…

"Science has brought back the scent of a long-dead flower"

We've lost some parts of our natural world. Swathes of plants and animals have been consumed by evolution, shifting climates or the often-damaging expansion of humankind. For a moment, though, London's iconic Barbican Centre will let you smell a fragment of our lost history. In the corner of a new AI…

Breakthrough technique for studying gene expression takes root in plants

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time – an advance that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer more efficient food and biofuel crop plants. The technology, called Drop-seq, is a popular method for…

Selecta One presents new Spring Annuals catalogue 2019/20

Bedding and balcony season is here, so the time has come for Selecta One to present their assortment for the next season, on more than 100 pages of the new Spring Annuals catalogue 2019/2020 . The assortment features proven varieties such as the Sky Petunias and Pelargonium of the series Marcada and…

June 11-14, Netherlands & Germany

Breeding in the spotlight at the FlowerTrials

From 11th – 14th of June the focus of the international floricultural industry is on new pot and bedding plants. Three regions, Westland, Aalsmeer and Rheinland Westphalia, play host to visitors from all over the world looking to discover the latest developments and trends. Where plants meet people In a…

Orange roses sell like clockwork

“Orange is a multitask color and is in my opinion the most versatile color among all”, says Alessandro Ghione of NIRP International. And the sales figures appear to prove him right. “Over the last 15 years, the total sales of this color to direct markets and auction increased by over 10 percent.” The rose breeder saw the…

White Angel, Blue Angel altheas the latest Texas Superstar releases

Two hybrid altheas – Blue Angel and White Angel – have been named the latest Texas Superstars for characteristics that make them a top option for landscape lovers. Blue Angel althea, one of the two cultivars named Texas Superstars, is a hardy, warm-season perennial that flowers throughout the season.…

New South African PBR Act: Overview of upcoming changes

The South African Plant Breeders’ Rights Act No. 12 of 2018 (the new Act) was assented to on 27 March 2019 and published in the South African Government Gazette on 29 March 2019. Although the new Act has been assented to, it is not yet in force. The new Act will only come into force once it has been…

August 12-16, 2019

US (CA): National Garden Bureau members host Vegetable Summer Trials

What is a now a yearly tradition, vegetable breeding companies dealing in the Fresh Market and Home Garden segments are hosting the Summer Vegetable Trials via Open Houses and Field Days. This event is hosted by six participating breeders from August 12-16, 2019. Those breeders are listed below and on…

Syngenta Flowers opens demo garden at Beijing Horticultural Expo

Syngenta Flowers opened a demo garden at the Beijing Horticultural Expo. With this demo garden, Syngenta Flowers wants to demonstrate its assortment for the use of both landscaping and in smaller private gardens. Planting the Syngenta demo garden 10 days before the opening of the expo The Beijing…

De Ruiter enlists help from the trade in assessing new varieties

A presentation in a pub, that really is a change. De Ruiter Innovations, rose breeder from Amstelveen, showed a wide assortment of Kenyan roses to traders recently, some of which are already commercial varieties, the rest of which are varieties that have never been introduced before. In exchange for a…

Eloy Boon, General Manager Iribov

Ploidy determination in plant material regarding flow cytometry

A breeder does good business when he can deliver the varieties his clients ask for. In the past, this would mean walking through the trials with a wish list, now it generally means putting his material under the microscope. It is there, with the help of increasingly precise techniques and calculation…

"This year's Paul Ecke Jr. and Altman Family scholars are horticulture superstars"

Four brilliant, engaging young people are committed to making the future of the floral industry better—recipients of this year’s AFE Paul Ecke, Jr. and Altman Family Scholarships. All four are graduate students in plant science who are already doing research that could quickly translate into new and…

Philippe Villepontoux, Microflor

"Lots of potential and ambition at phalaenopsis growers in Central and South America"

Microflor has plans for a big expansion in 2019. The plan is to focus the company's attention to Central and South America, where phalaenopsis growers are fully committing to the quality and quantity of their product. Because of this, International Sales Manager Philippe Villepontoux went to Mexico and…

AGA Agro, Ball Horticultural Company partner across South and Southeast Asia

AGA Agro, a breeder, producer and distributor of garland marigolds across South and Southeast Asia, as well as a distributor of ornamental and cut flower seeds and plugs…

Agriom starts global sales of Bougainvillea cuttings from De Wintertuin

Nursery De Wintertuin in De Lier, The Netherlands, handed over sales of their bougainvillea cuttings to Agriom, in the nearby village De Kwakel. The two Dutch companies have been working together for years. Together they developed a number of new bougainvillea varieties through mutation breeding. Agriom…

Path is open for gene editing of plants in Australia

On 10 April 2019 the Australian Government released amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (Cth) (Regulations) which will change the law in Australia so that organisms (including plants, animals and human cell lines) developed using certain types of new gene editing techniques will no longer…

Syngenta Flowers brightens up theme park with more than 20,000 plants

Helleborus in the winter, violets in the spring and geraniums in the summer: more than 20,000 colorful plants from Syngenta Flowers bloom in Sprookjeswonderland this year, a theme park about fairy tales in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. The purpose of the cooperation of these two companies that are based in…

Plant breeder revealing a new race of buttercup at Malvern Festival

An exciting new race of Persian buttercup, Ranunculus asiaticus, will be unveiled at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival (May 9-12). It’s exciting because the Rococo…

China: First Benary Flower Trials 2019 in Chengdu, Sichuan

The first official Benary Flower Trials in China were held in Chengdu, Sichuan from April 25 to 27, 2019. With the theme of “New Gardening Power”, the exhibition covered an extensive area of over 40,000 square meters and displayed about 550 new flower varieties including 100 varieties of Begonia. Benary…

Selecta one takes over La Villetta

After a long partnership, Selecta one acquires the business of La Villetta s.r.l., including the complete breeding program as well as La Villetta Colombia Ltda. Selecta one headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany The Baratta family will keep the site in Italy, which will be leased to Selecta one. Massimo…

Netherlands: New generation Dümmen Orange students graduated

Dümmen Orange and HAS University of Applied Sciences (HAS Hogeschool) developed a unique program for the farm specialists of Dümmen Orange. Goal of this program is to train talents and production managers from locations worldwide. Recently a second group of students successfully passed their exam and…

"A flower or two for your mother"

Mother’s Day is always a good moment to give plants and flowers. The chance of frost is very low and there are all these great annuals offered in garden centers and at various markets. by Breeder Har Stemkens Buying a nice flowering plant of Mandevilla is always a good idea, because these are flowering…

Bellalinda, Continental Breeding:

New spray rose line establishes itself in the market

As sales of a new variety run smoothly, breeders often add new varieties and call it a product line or a family. That is also what Continental Breeding did with their spray rose line Bellalinda. During the last IFTF exhibition in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands, Bellalinda Glee and Bellalinda Cruella, grown…

The highlights of Takii, HilverdaKooij, Hem Genetics, Vista Farms, PCI, Terra Nova, PPL, Quality Cuttings Team, Sunset and Southern Living

CAST: Strong colors on display at Takii, Speedling and Pacific Plug & Liner

Last month, the California Spring Trials were held. Right after, we published the Photo Report and in the weeks after, we've looked back at the highlight varieties of each of the participating companies in a series of articles. This is the last edition, and in this article we will highlight the varieties…

CPVO signs Administrative Arrangement with Taiwan

On 26 April 2019, Director General Jong-i HU, Agriculture and Food Agency, Council of Agriculture of the Republic of China (ROC) and Martin Ekvad, President of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) signed an Administrative Arrangement on the mutual recognition of examination results for plant variety…

The thorny tale of America’s favorite botanist and his spineless cacti

In the early-20th century, Luther Burbank was a botanical superstar. Tourists, foreign envoys, and celebrities flocked to his home in Santa Rosa, California, clamoring to see the marvels the “plant wizard” developed in his garden. For years, they watched in awe as Burbank rubbed his face on large, fleshy…

In memory of Nanne Pieter Groot (1925-2019)

Nanne Piet was the grandson of one of the founders of Sluis & Groot, the company that was at the origin of what is now Syngenta. After the war he went to work in the…

More than 300 different peony varieties in Dutch trial garden

The Peony Trial Garden from Green Works is growing, with more to see every week. With over 300 different peony varieties, the trial garden in Schagen, the Netherlands, is a sight to behold. If you want to visit the peony trial garden in Schagen, the Netherlands, you can make an appointment. You can find…

"A suitable Petunia for all places in the world"

Summer is approaching and consumers are increasingly encountering Petunia on the shelves. Breeder Eric Giesen works all year round on updated versions of the Petunia. Large flowers, small flowers, a trailing plant, or compact: Syngenta Flowers has the desired plant in its assortment for a suitable place…

22 European business organisations ask the EU for pro-innovation rules for plant breeding

22 European business organisations jointly call upon member states and the European Commission to initiate a legislative change that provides innovation-friendly rules for plant breeding. The goal is to obtain practical and science-based rules for products resulting from the latest mutagenesis methods…

Netherlands: Behind the scenes at Dümmen Orange's greenhouse

Dümmen Orange is an international breeder and propagator with a large selection of flowers and plants. Curious what their greenhouse in De Kwakel looks like? Watch the video from Anton Spaargaren: For more information: Anton Spaargaren T +31 (0)297 - 515400 F +31 (0)297 - 515401 info@antonspaargaren.nl…

CAST: What was on display at Dümmen, Sakata, Benary, Syngenta, Proven Winners?

What varieties were on display at Dümmen Orange, Benary, Syngenta and Proven Winners during the California Spring Trials? Below, they will be shown. Also the varieties of Kapiteyn Flower Bulbs will be highlighted as they displayed their varieties at the Syngenta site this year. The California Spring…

Girlsday: a glimpse into the Syngenta Flowers lab

A group of 25 girls from Martinus College secondary school in Grootebroek, the Netherlands visited the Syngenta Flowers lab on Thursday 11 April. At the Syngenta location in Enkhuizen, the girls experienced the world of phytopathology and cell biology up close. It was Girlsday, an international day where…

Hishtil, Cohen, Jaldety, Nir, Greenfuse, PAC, Westhoff:

CAST: What you've missed at Greenfuse Botanicals and Suncrest

Many varieties were on display at the California Spring Trials 2019. So, even if you visited the event, you could have missed some. For this reason, FloralDaily.com presents several highlights that were on display at the participating companies in a series of articles. We visited all locations and…

Peter Seabrook interviews Anna Ball

Getting younger people interested in horticulture

At this year's California Spring Trials, British garden broadcaster Peter Seabrook interviewed Ball Horticultural Company president and CEO Anna Ball. In the video, Peter and Anna discuss the efforts needed to entice younger people into horticulture careers. In the United States, Anna is a key promoter…

"Interplay of pollinators and pests influences plant evolution"

Brassica rapa plants pollinated by bumblebees evolve more attractive flowers. But this evolution is compromised if caterpillars attack the plant at the same time. With the bees pollinating them less effectively, the plants increasingly self-pollinate. In a greenhouse evolution experiment, scientists at…

Anthura:

“The world has changed, and we have changed with it”

Anthura breeds anthuriums and orchids and sells them all over the world. Management board member Mark van der Knaap talks about being agile in an ever-changing market. “The art is to match supply with demand.” How agile is Anthura? Mark: "In the beginning this was a small-scale family business. My…

CAST: What was on display at Windmill, Floricultura and Headstart Nursery?

Tons of new, existing and improved varieties were on display during the California Spring Trials, held from March 23-27. Can you still remember what the varieties were presented at Windmill Nursery in Buellton, Floricultura in Salinas and Headstart Nursery in Gilroy? Below, we will refresh your memory,…

Ball's latest varieties shine at Asocolflores Assembly 2019

During the Asocolflores Assembly 2019 that was held on April 3, the Asocolflores members were greeted by the Display of BallSB. It was placed at the entrance of the assembly and highlighted their latest varieties. This year, BallSB presented the new Delphinium Trick, the cut flowers Marigold COCO, a new…

Resistosome illuminates plant disease resistance mechanisms

Like animals, plants possess an immune system to fight off invading parasites. Unlike vertebrates that possess both adaptive immunity and innate immunity, plants solely rely on innate immunity, which deploys immune receptors to detect molecules derived from parasites and activate defenses. Plant innate…

Chinese-European partnership leads to 200,000 m2 breeding innovation site

Jinpin Flower Seedling Co., Ltd. is the largest business partner of Urbinati in China. To meet production needs It has introduced Urbinati's Lambda, Kappa series seeding line equipment and series double rail irrigation boom IRMO3. Jinpin Flower was jointly established by Chengdu Jintian Seedling Co.,…

May 15-16, Orlando

US (FL): Breeders, education experts, industry members to gather at Florida Flower Trials

FNGLA's Florida Flower Trials serve as a place to sharpen business skills and get a first-hand glimpse of how the newest annual plant varieties can boost profit margins. Florida Flower Trials is a two-day annual event where top plant breeders, education experts and key industry members come together to…

Dutch chrysanthemum breeder increases disbud collection supply

The new disbud Chrysanthemum ‘Vanya Pink’ has a big, pink spherical flower and tons of flower petals. Because of the demand from florists, Royal Van Zanten focuses on the expansion of their collection of disbud Chrysanthemums, making them more widely available. To stand out from the crowd, florists need…

Botanical Society Award for research on “Genetic mapping in Polyploids”

On Monday April 8, during the EPS conference in Lunteren, Dr. Peter Bourke from Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research, received the Hugo de Vries Award from the…

What was on display at Ball Horticultural during CAST?

New, existing and improved varieties. They were all on display at the California Spring Trials, that took place from April 14-19. Also at Ball Horticultural Company in Santa Paula many varieties were on display. In this article, we will highlight the novelties of Kieft Seed, PanAmerican Seed, Darwin…

Breeders cooperate in new campaign to stop illegal propagation

Pot and bedding plant breeders united in Fleuroselect launch a new campaign against the illegal reproduction of legally protected varieties. Grower controls are executed at random and a tip line has been created to report on suspected illegal reproduction. Karol Pawlak, Fleuroselect President and owner…

Mutation examples and how they happen

Health and survival of an organism depends on reliable and accurate DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) replication and orderly cell division. Without these processes being highly dependable, survival is questionable. However, occasional mistakes occur. What kind of mistakes happen, what causes them to happen…

The 3 highlights of the companies at Grolink

CAST: Loads of varieties form sea of color at Grolink

For many California Spring Trial visitors, GroLink was either their first or last stop. This location was home to many companies and to breeders and propagators, several suppliers presented their products and services too. In this article, we will present the highlights of the following breeders: ABZ…

Photo Report: California Spring Trials 2019

California was the center of the US floriculture sector last week, during the California Spring Trials. Growers, distributors, retailers and more found their way to 15 locations. There were tons of varieties on display and the participating companies did their utmost best to show the potential of their…

Rosa Danica puts its first own bred Isophylla campanula on the market

Plenty of potential for former ‘grandma plant’

Next week, Danish grower Rosa Danica will put its first own bred Isophylla campanula on the market. After pot roses, the campanula is their biggest year-round crop, but so far, they only had the portenschlagiana type in their assortment. Now they added the first Isophylla type, namely IceBlue. This…

If native plants are altered, do bugs and birds suffer?

The growing popularity of butterfly gardening has spurred sales of native plants at the garden center, and inspired gardeners across the U.S. to add attractive native plants to support insects in our landscapes. Research into different characteristics of native plants and their links to biodiversity is…

Functional analysis of GhCYC5 gene in gerbera hybrida

The complex inflorescence architecture in Asteraceae is characterized by the presence of morphologically distinct flowers having specialized functions. In gerbera, the…

International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV):

Plant variety protection: A driving factor behind the success of Kenya and Colombia

Over the last decade, countries like Kenya and Colombia have become large players in the floriculture industry. But what made them so successful? The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) System seems to play a large role as it provides plant variety protection and…

Robert Bett, PlantHaven on Corydalis "Porcelain Blue:

Australia warming up to a blue flowered Christmas plant

Last year, on April 1, the blue corydalis "Porcelain Blue" from Hillier Nurseries was introduced by PlantHaven in North America. Many thought it was an April Fool's joke and thought that the flowers were dyed aqua blue. "Now we see that people are getting to know the variety and it's natural blue color",…

Imara is known for its high resistance to Downy Mildew. But what does this mean?

The Impatiens Imara series expanded with more colors this season: Purple and Salmon Shades. Imara is known for its high resistance to Downy Mildew. But what does this exactly mean? Product Manager Steve Waters and Breeder Ton Groot explain in detail. “Imara has an outstanding garden performance…


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