Breeding

Ball SB introduces Marigold Xochi

"Stronger peduncles, bigger heads and stable color"

As a result of a breeding and trialing by PanAmerican Seed, a new Marigold variety has been introduced, the Marigold Xochi. "It was selected under strong and rustic conditions ensuring an easy production of the variety and a reliable crop under adverse conditions.” This big head flower was named after the…

Check out their new series digitally

Danziger Open House event in the Netherlands in review

This June, Danziger showcased their novelties at Imperial Plants in the Netherlands. They hosted many growers, young plant producers and retailers from Europe. In order to better evaluate the new series and varieties for the coming season, the Danziger team, in cooperation with Imperial Plants, created a…

Kelsey Minalga, Ball Ingenuity:

"We're always on the lookout for the next ingenuity"

It all started seven years ago with a variety that was not bred by one of Ball Horticultural Company’s breeders. The desire to bring a new variety to the North American market and the awareness of the broad range of special varieties around the globe has resulted in the establishment of a new division…

Eduardo Letort, Hoja Verde, on yellow rose variety Lighthouse:

"It was love at first sight with this variety"

"The strong yellow color contrasting with the dark green leaves." It made Eduardo Letort, owner of Ecuadorian farm Hoja Verde, fall in love with this rose variety instantly and started to produce it quickly after his first 'meeting'. The variety in question is Lighthouse, bred by United Selections and…

US (CA): American Takii's August Open Day cancelled, event will be recorded

American Takii has come to the difficult decision to cancel our August Open Day set for the 11th and 12th. "The growing uncertainty with Covid-19 made the way forward too…

Danziger launches its new perennials catalog for the 20-21 season

With more than 24 novelties, 40 different crops, and more than 200 varieties, Danziger is proud to introduce its new 20-21 catalog that offers a vast perennial assortment for the upcoming season. The 20-21 introductions include 3 brand new series including: EARLY BIRD™ Delosperma, LAYLA™ Lavendula and…

a look at the University and Public trials

"A snapshot in time of which Proven Winners are looking great right now"

University and Public trials are a valuable asset to the industry. These trials deliver performance evaluations over a wide range of climates and are a valuable tool for understanding which plants might perform well in your specific area. While the full season data is the final word, Proven Winners…

Ball Seed

July 28-August 14, West Chicago

US (IL): The Gardens at Ball are open for the Ball Seed Customer Days

The annual Ball Seed Field Day and Landscape Day is reinvented this Summer to accommodate a wider range of open dates and to welcome guests safely with adequate social distance. Ball Seed Customer Days will run Tuesdays through Fridays, July 28-August 14, in two daily visitor time periods: 8am to 10am…

Dümmen Orange Greencare

"Start clean, stay clean"

Start clean, stay clean. This is the essence of the upgraded Greencare policy in use at Dümmen Orange. The increasing disease pressure and globalisation are making this a must. Frank Wagenaar: "We’re taking on a big responsibility, not only for roses as a product category but also for the commercial interests of the…

Ball SB's new video features Limonium 'Silver Pink' and its Mediterranean origin

Earlier this year, Ball SB introduced a new pink color Hybrid Limonium Altaic type: “Silver Pink” and they now publish a 1-minute video that promotes this new variety and its Mediterranean origin.  "This wonderful new variety has been inspired from its Mediterranean origin, a place where the pink mist comes in from the…

Brandkamp Solfaro Pelargonia line is growing steadily

The German breeder and propagation company Brandkamp, ​​known for many years in the cultivation of chrysanthemums, lantans or fuchsias, has developed its own pelargonium breeding line under the brand name Solfaro with great commitment in recent years. Every year, new varieties are brought onto the market…

AIPH, CIOPORA and Union Fleurs call for reason, fairness

Breeders miss out on royalty payments during crisis

Some growers, especially of cut flowers, saw huge sales losses in some markets as the retail supply chain shut down in response to rules imposed worldwide to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Many flower growers had to destroy flowers, for which a royalty payment was due, and businesses throughout the chain…

EHR’s 2020 Virtual California Spring Trials Report is now available

Eason Horticultural Resources is pleased to announce the release of their 2020 edition of the California Spring Trials Report. This year’s booklet was more of a challenge to produce since they didn’t get to travel to California and see the plants in person, but the breeding companies have been great to…

"infringement on free movement of seeds and finished products"

Plantum expresses concern about French proposal to ban “in vitro mutagenesis”

On May 6, the French ministry submitted a "Draft Decree" to the European Commission. It states that France considers products of “in vitro mutagenesis” as regulated GMOs. Specifically, it is proposing to ban a number of herbicide tolerant rapeseed varieties in France. This proposal has triggered a…

Bureau IMAC merges into new crop optimization department within Anthura

Bureau IMAC Bleiswijk B.V. will end its paid services on 1 January 2021 and will cease to exist. Years of knowledge and experience will be retained, as both Andre Lont and Mark van de Ven will transfer to the new crop optimization department at Anthura. The latter took this step on 1 July as a crop…

KeyGene

Webinar shines light on data science for genome insights

On Thursday, July 9, KeyGene organized a one-hour webinar on the use of Data Science in creating Genome Insights and boosting crop innovation. Scientists from Google, Anthura and KeyGene shared their views on the perspectives. You can view the recorded presentations and the Q&A session here. For plant…

Collection of Interplant’s Babylon Eyes Roses substantially extended

Interplant Roses B.V. is a family owned company who have been breeding roses for the Dutch and international markets for over 60 years. Well known for their cut rose varieties, especially spray roses, Interplant also has a very strong presence in the garden rose segment. Babylon Eye’s, which are part of…

A peek in the new trial and show garden of Brandkamp

At Brandkamp, they are really happy about their completely redesigned trial garden. At a glance, all of their varieties are clearly arranged in one field for assessment. In this video, you can see more about it: For more information: Brandkampinfo@brandkamp.dewww.brandkamp.de

Ameriseed introduces new cut flower Marigold, receives top performer status for orange Zinnia

Marigolds are popular flowers to cultivate in India, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Latin and North America and are mostly used for religious purposes as well as for cut flower bouquets and vase life decorations. The demand for this species in hybrid form, has increased over the years, and interest for…

Ball SB partners with well known wedding planner Sarah Campbell

All about Delphiniums tutorials by Intrigue Teaches

Ball SB has partnered with the well known wedding planner, Sarah Campbell from Intrigue Designs. She is the founder of Intrigue Teaches and has become leader in the industry where she openly shares her talent and knowledge through speaking, workshops and classes designed specifically for the wedding…

tours will continue all summer long

An impression of Selecta one's individual virtual tours

You may not be able to feel, touch or sniff it, but you can see it and ask all the information you need. By displaying their varieties virtually, Selecta one did and are still doing their utmost best to bring their creations and concepts to the attention of the industry since shows, events and open days…

Evanthia organizes trials at Dutch grower Kwekerij Daalakker

A visit to the Snapdragons' Den

In the past couple of days, the nursery of Dutch grower Jochem van Daalen was the center of the world when it comes to snapdragons. In the middle of the commercial varieties, Evanthia had set up no less than 80 different cultivars, a wide assortment that consisted of both existing codes and experimentals, of both early and late…

Using next generation sequencing to provide Australia's plant industry quick-access to new plant genetic material

A joint-levy funded project is facilitating faster and more accurate screening methods on imported nursery planting stock to allow for the introduction of new genetic material…

Belgium: 59th International Rose Examination in Kortrijk

At the end of June, the garden of castle 't Hooghe in Kortrijk, Belgium has traditionally been entirely devoted to roses. The Province of West Flanders, the City of Kortrijk and Inagro organize the International Rose Examination there every year. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the 2020 prize…

Anthura

Anthura looking up after uncertain months

After a few turbulent and uncertain months Anthura has entered somewhat calmer waters. This new reality requires adaptability and flexibility. This also creates new initiatives, such as the webinar AnthuraNXT goes digital as an alternative to the AnthuraNXT event. These summer temperatures include summer…

US (MI): Developing treatment for Alzheimer’s using plant products

MSU Horticulture Professor Muraleedharan Nair studies the human health benefits of plants for the treatment of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's…

UK: How Hardy's brings new plants to market

At Hardy’s they have two main ways of undertaking breeding or selecting new plants. The first way is to take two plants of the same family, remove any flowers and then place them together in isolation from other plants for them to be naturally pollinated by insects in the tunnel. The numerous seed that…

Hortinergy

Calculating optimal equipment and settings, before the greenhouse is built

“Our software calculates the best configuration of a closed greenhouse for any crop all over the world,” says Vincent Stauffer, director of Hortinergy, a French technology company. It’s mostly used before the construction of a closed greenhouse to select and size the equipment. It helps to make sure that…

Terra Nova Nurseries announces new Coleus Collection and varieties through breeder-inspired Video

Terra Nova Nurseries has released a new coleus video as part of its “Terra Nova Varieties View” series for summer 2020. The new video features a brand-new collection of coleus varieties named the Coleus Nova Collection and several new variety additions to the company’s popular Coleus Terra Nova…

Pixel Snowy

Deliflor introduces new santini

Deliflor keeps extending its santini assortment! In week 27 (Monday 29 June) Deliflor introduces another interesting santini: Pixel Snowy. Pixel® Snowy "This beautiful white santini differentiates…

13 Medals at Nyon International Rose trial for the House of Meilland and its breeders. - And how is it possible?

At the International Rose Trials of Nyon, Switzerland, 33 medals have been awarded to breeders from different countries on June 20, 2020. The notion of 'zero spraying' makes the trials special and the 13 awards harvested by The House of Meilland and its partner breeder is therefore the crowning glory of…

June 22 - August 18 in Merano

Italy: New varieties on display at Lazzeri Show Garden

Last week, on June 22, Lazzeri opened their "Show Garden" in Merano (BZ) where they are showing their new plants to customers and interested flower growing professionals. The Show Garden in which more than 250 pots and over 120 plant pots and balcony boxes will be on display, will remain open till August…

Intrinsa: their new brand for sustainable innovations in breeding

Breeding in full swing at Dümmen Orange's new BTC

Introducing next generation varieties with unique traits. That is one of the main aims Dümmen Orange tries to achieve with their new breeding Technology Center (BTC). It was officially opened earlier this month, but researchers have been busy for several months already and the first results are…

De Ruiter presents new varieties at Exposed2020

On Tuesday and Wednesday 16 and 17 June, De Ruiter in Amsterveen, the Netherlands, received dozens of flower professionals, buyers, sellers, packers and marketers who accepted the invitation to act as jury member during Exposed2020. Visitors could assess dozens of Kenyan and Ethiopian codes and varieties…

"First trials that prohibits all chemical or biological treatments of roses"

An impression of the International Rose Trials in Nyon (+ the list of award winners)

88 varieties from 27 breeders from 13 different countries took part in the first International Rose Trials in Nyon, Switzerland, on June 20. Special about this trials format is that they are the first to have introduced in their regulations the notion of 'zero spraying'. "And the results are…

Dreams Rhodee: The new addition of Beekenkamp Plants' ornamentals family

"The new Dreams Begonia from Beekenkamp Plant Ornamentals is cute, powerful and stands out for its beautiful, cheerful appearance", the breeder states in a press release. This…

Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

VdNPS, a nonribosomal peptide synthetase, is involved in regulating virulence in Verticillium dahliae

Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NPS) are known for the biosynthesis of antibiotics, toxins, and siderophore production. They are also a virulence determinant in different phytopathogens. However, until now, the functional characterization of NPS in Verticillium dahliae has not been reported. Deletion…

UK: Genesis Plant Marketing introduces Dual-Purpose Prunus

New for 2020 is the Prunus laurocerasus Bonaparte (‘Flippi01’). This plant is one of a group of products being handled by Genesis Plant Marketing in the UK on behalf of…

Ruud Klasens, Schreurs

"New varieties ever harder to introduce"

“Strict hygiene measures aren’t new at our company. For a long time Schreurs has been applying strict rules, partly intensified by the bacterial problems in our business a number of years ago. Compartmentalization, disinfection of people and production means at all entrances and a state-of-the-art crop…

Catch up on the HBA VIP event at Agriom

HBA looks back on a successful VIP event in week 24 at Agriom in De Kwakel (Netherlands). "Quite a few relations could be greeted and brought up to date with a nice presentation of about sixty HBA varieties, including some promising new selections. The hydrangeas were grown as a garden plant in 15 liter…

Effective propagation research targets for specialty plant crops

Even if they’re born of the most exemplary research, innovative indoor plant propagation technologies aren’t beneficial if they are too costly to use. That is the simplest distillation of a new article published in the journal HortTechnology focused on identifying the indoor plant propagation research…

Alberto Salguero Quiles

Researchers identify genes that tell plants when to flower

How do plants know when it is time to flower? Researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have studied this question and identified two genes that are key to this process. They were able to show that the ELF3 and GI genes control the internal clock of the plants that monitors the…

FlowerTrials publishes final video of the 2020 Highlights video collection

Over the last week, the FlowerTrials shared videos with highlights from participating companies. In this article, the last edition, the 6th collection of video highlights…

Danziger launches its new Annuals Catalog for the 20-21 Season

Danziger’s 20-21 annuals catalog features new series, innovative varieties, and progressive programs that all have one goal: to provide solutions for growers, retailers, and the end consumer. The 20-21 introductions include totally new series’ that bring true innovation with unique color patterns, improved…

August 11 and 12, 2020 in Salinas

US (CA): American Takii's open days features cut flowers

American Takii is making plans for our 3rd annual Open Days held in Salinas California. The Open Days features cut flowers, both in open field and in high tunnel. The star of the event is centered around our exciting Sunflower genetics and this year we are expanding our presentation to include select…

Gold for The Matador Plant’n’Relax and a certificate for Royal Diva Plant’n’Relax

Roses Forever scoops prizes at Nyon International Rose Trials in Switzerland

Danish rose breeder Roses Forever scooped a gold medal and a certificate at the annual Nyon International Rose Trials, that were held in Switzerland on June 20. A gold medal went to The Matador Plant’n’Relax and a certificate to Royal Diva Plant’n’Relax.  The Matador Plant’n’Relax and Royal Diva Plant’n’Relax…

UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz

Preliminary study looks into cryopreservation of Bleeding Heart ‘Valentine’

Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis (L.) Fukuhara) is a valuable ornamental and medicinal perennial. To date, there are few studies focused on cryopreservation of this species, although it could be useful in storage and breeding. New research is aimed at analyzing the effect of bead composition,…

Germany: New trial and show garden opened at Brandkamp

The Brandkamp test and show garden will be open from June 15 in a new location and completely redesigned. The purchase of the neighbouring company in Isselburg - Anholt, Germany, opened up the opportunity to realign the show garden directly in contact with the street. The entire range is shown here, including…

Miyoshi

Miyoshi Field Trial 2020 goes digital

After thorough consideration Miyoshi decided not to receive visitors to their field this year for ensuring safety from the coronavirus infection.  Instead, they invite you to the intermedia exhibition on their website. Web seminarThis seminar will be held on Thu 9th and Fri 10th July. Breeders will be present…

Chuck Pavlich, Terra Nova Nurseries

Dwarf heucherella turns out to be giant hit

Originally released for the Fairy Garden trend, this dwarf and purple clumping heucherella is now also finding its way to the mainstream container gardening trend. The heucherella in question is ‘Indigo Frost’, a variety bred by Terra Nova Nurseries and widely introduced in 2018. “Although the Fairy…

KeyGene successfully applies selective DNA sequencing in plants

Scientists of research company KeyGene in Wageningen, the Netherlands, are the first to report the application of adaptive DNA sequencing in plants, applying the Read Until tool of Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Using a combination of the Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION sequencing device, a powerful…

How the SKYfamily story of Selecta one began, thrives and continues

Petunia NightSky: The birth of a tiny universe

Receiving awards year after year, Selecta's petunia NightSky has become a well known variety along the chain and around the world. The pattern of the flower combined with the short culture period seem to have made it a lucrative product that is being sold millions of times. And further colours with the…

"For breeding with the most advanced tools and people"

Dümmen Orange’s Breeding Technology Centre virtually opened by Dutch Minister of Agriculture

Dümmen Orange’s new Breeding Technology Centre in the Netherlands, has been virtually opened. Carola Schouten, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (and vice Prime Minister), contributed to this milestone with a video message for all employees. The Breeding Technology Centre (BTC) is…

Nature Communications

New research reveals the function of genetic pathway for reproductive fitness in flowering plants

Small RNAs are key regulators involved in plant growth and development. Two groups of small RNAs are abundant during development of pollen in the anthers – a critical process for reproductive success. A research collaboration has demonstrated the function of a genetic pathway for anther development, with…

collaboration Takii & Muller Seeds

New boost for Sahin garden seeds

More than 10 years ago, in 2007, the Japanese breeder Takii took over the Dutch flower seed company K. SAHIN, Zaden. Since that time the collection, also a brand with a renowned name in the home garden world, has been a permanent part of the Takii range. Wim Zandwijk and Ton Kuipers (managing director Takii Europe) Since May 1,…

Appointments now possible:

Selecta One issues invitation to a virtual tour and to its show gardens

Extraordinary times call for new methods: Selecta One is now offering its customers individual virtual tours of a digital showroom. In addition, the ornamental plant breeder…

Thursday 18th June at 15:30 hrs (AMS)

FleuroStar winners to be announced via livestream

In line with the current COVID-19 regulations, this year's FleuroStar winner will be announced during a short live event which will be streamed online. Maximum two representatives of each participating company are invited to come to the foyer of Floralis in Lisse (NL) for a small ceremony with respect…

Looking back at the Floritec Trials

This year the Floritec Trials were organized in a different way. Less extensive than usual and of course they had to take into account the appropriate rules. Anyhow the…

Becoming a Proven Winner

Kevin Hurd, Director of New Products for Proven Winners, explains how outstanding plants are selected. Each year prospects are chosen through long-standing relationships with breeders and promising website submissions, and rigorously trialed before they make the cut. For more information:Four Star Greenhousewww.pwfourstar.com

CIOPORA elects President and new Board in its first electronic elections

CIOPORA held its first electronic President and Board elections by secret ballot as a part of the virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 on June 3-5. The new CIOPORA Board is comprised of ten individuals from breeding and licensing companies active in a broad range of horticultural cultivars: Steven Hutton…

Online Flower Search publishes the "Fabulous 50" list

"The 50 best rose varieties available on the North American market"

Having tested, photographed and objectively reviewed literally thousands of rose varieties over the last 15 years, Online Flower Search, gained a lot of experience and now compiled and published a list of the 50 best rose varieties, the Fabulous 50, that are available on the North American market. They…

FlowerTrials 2020 Highlights video collection

As FlowerTrials 2020 has been cancelled, the organization is sharing videos with highlights from participating companies. Enjoy a look at the new pot and bedding plant introductions for the upcoming season. For more information:FlowerTrialsJacoba van Beierenweg 97-1A2215 KW VoorhoutThe NetherlandsT: +31 (0)71 -…

Dümmen Orange presents first digital show garden

Dümmen Orange will showcase for the first time its latest products in bedding plants, perennials, pot plants and tropical plants in a digital garden for the European market. The show garden in De Kwakel, The Netherlands. Also Dümmen Orange has quickly adapted to the new corona-reality with a new set-up.…

Rose breeder Paul de Bruin, United Selections

Breeding and selection at a distance

As the flower industry reels from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies in the sector are finding ways to adapt to the situation. For United Selections, employees working remotely is normal already for quite some time. “Through the set up and way of working, they are able to work at distance…

after Sysmex Partec merger more convenience with flow cytometer:

"Flow cytometry as a total solution is now suitable for everyone"

A breeder (or a grower) who, by doing crossing, is looking for new varieties, really only wants one thing: quick and easy insight into the amount of DNA and chromosomes that a piece of plant material contains. After the takeover of Partec by Sysmex in 2013, Partec's flow cytometer, with customer…

Discover them digitally and/or in real life

FlowerTrials 2020 might be cancelled, but introductions aren't

This week, the FlowerTrials was supposed to kick off. Today, the participants in the Dutch regions Aalsmeer, Westland and the German region North Rhine-Westphalia would have put the finishing touches to their displays, which are visited by industry members from all over the world every year, from Tuesday…

Florensis novelties on display online

On the 4th of June Florensis has launched an addition to their website; the Florensis Solutions. On this new digital platform customers can now find, see and almost feel everything they want and need to know about the latest Florensis novelties & highlights. To make your life easierOn the renewed website…

Impact COVID-19 from a breeder's perspective (Dekker Chrysanten Colombia)

"We're still doing fine, but there are challenges ahead"

It is clear that the growers are hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, but what about the beginning of the chain, the breeders? At the PMA Floral Roundtable that was held yesterday Guillermo Mahecha, Account Manager of chrysanthemum breeding company Dekker Chrysanten Colombia, shared his experience on how…

Selecta one sheds light on the secret of its new 2020 pot carnation

With the publication of its 2020 carnation catalogue in mid-March, Selecta one teased its new pot carnation for the 2020 season. The close-up of the flowers and the mysterious, promising text surrounding the new variety – then without a specific name – immediately piqued the interest of customers and…

First steps to using viruses for gene editing in plants

Bestowing crops with pest-resistant and climate-resistant traits is a driving force to protect humanity’s precious food resources. Despite evidence that demonstrates genetically-modified crops are as safe as crops produced through traditional breeding, sections of the public remain suspicious about…

Experience FlowerTrials from home

PanAmerican Seed organizes FlowerSTREAM

PanAmerican Seed announces a virtual way to explore its top new product introductions through FlowerSTREAM – a one-hour webinar experience with PanAmerican Seed’s expert team. Guests can sign up at www.panamseed.com/flowerstream for one of two convenient FlowerSTREAM time slots on Thursday, June 11,…

Shanghai Yuanyi invests to meet rapid demand growth in Chinese flower consumption

Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling recently opened a brand-new propagation company, equipped with fully automated production lines. This way Shanghai Yuanyi tries to keep pace with the rapidly growing demand in the Chinese flower consumption. The new location covers no less than 20 hectares. On 10 hectares modern…

2020 edition takes place online

Fleurostar: Which new variety will succeed Begonia elatior MacaRouge from Beekenkamp?

Fleuroselect proudly presents the five entries in this year's FleuroStar Contest, which this year will be held online. Each of these novelties is hoping to be hailed as the next 'Winner with the Wow Factor', the variety with the highest visual impact at point of sale.  Dahlia x hybrida - Sincerity - Syngenta…

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 cultivation. Globally speaking,…


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