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Syngenta Flowers launches Virtual Tour

In week 25, Syngenta Flowers will launch the Virtual Tour, a unique digital trials exhibition. This online venue showcases the newest introductions, core product, brands and best sellers. Access to the Syngenta Flowers Virtual Tour is free and open 24/7 and registration can be done easily through…

Deliflor Chrysanten launches ‘3D Digi Delishow’

Online platform to see the new chrysanthemums in 3D

Due to the corona crisis, the Delishow, the flower trials that Deliflor Chrysanten normally organises for its international customers and which takes place in the same week as the FlowerTrials, cannot take place in the usual way. To still give these customers a chance to get a close-up look at the new…

Terra Nova Nurseries announces new installment of variety video series

Terra Nova Nurseries has released three brand-new videos as part of its 2020 “Terra Nova Varieties View” series. This installment in the ongoing series showcases three of the company’s noteworthy perennial varieties, including Heuchera ‘Paris’, Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ and Heucherella ‘Indigo Frost’.…

Dümmen Orange

"You accept your responsibility, for the product group rose, for the Netherlands ltd"

Start clean, stay clean. This is in a nutshell the strengthened Greencare policy from Dümmen Orange. The necessity is given by the increasing disease pressure and globalisation. Frank Wagenaar: “You take your responsibility, for the product group rose, for the Netherlands ltd. Everything for clean and…

Summer Garden 2020: 15.06.2020 - 28.08.2020

Netherlands: MNP/Suntory opens its trial gardens this summer

"COVID-19 has an effect on everybody and health comes first. But, we also try to look ahead and give our customers the chance to check out our innovations in a safe environment. Due to the cancellations of the FlowerTrials we have decided to open our trial gardens during the summer of 2020", MNP/Suntory…

See their new varieties in Week 24

Benary organizes virtual tour

COVID-19 made Benary create a different style and location of showcasing their new varieties. In week 24 they will present a setup of all their new varieties in their home location in Hann. Münden, Germany. Benary offers different ways to explore their new varietiesBenary is taking several product videos for each of our new…

Hibiscus breeder and growers Alexandro Bock, Diem, explains

Positive vibes arising in Italian ornamental industry

The ornamental industry in Italy has been hit very hard by the pandemic. During the lockdown, many growers discarded up to 90% of their finished plants. Fortunately, since Italy is easing the lockdown, ornamental sales are increasing and positive vibes are arising. This is explained by Alexandro Bock of…

Floricultura introduces Phalaenopsis Eccentrix series

Floricultura introduces the Phalaenopsis Eccentrix series. This is a fascinating, high-quality series that goes beyond traditional definitions. Its flowers are bigger, more…

Digital image processing and analysis for plant phenotyping

LemnaTec, based in Aachen, Germany, has been developing hardware and software for plant phenotyping since 1998. These systems use digital image processing for applications in research and development, which are used in breeding, science, agro- and biotechnology, as well as in the seed industry. "Digital…

WUR

Plant biologists discover simple principle of plant responses to hormone

In a new study researchers from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and colleagues in Japan and Spain have found a simple mechanism for control of plant growth. Implementation of these findings can help growers to design new crops with for example resistance against disease, drought or…

CALS

An inside look at LIHREC’s impatiens breeding program

Horticulture Professor Mark Bridgen serves as the director of the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center in Riverhead, NY. There, the 68-acre facility is dedicated to providing research and extension services that support Long Island’s horticulture industries. In this video, Bridgen…

UF/IFAS appoints interim director of Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

From hops to tomatoes, Jack Rechcigl is considered a leader in research for vegetable, floral and strawberry production and breeding. Known worldwide for his support of growers and the agriculture industry, his enterprising scientific approaches to agriculture and urban environments has him serving…

MDPI

Genetic analysis of leaf traits in small-flower chrysanthemum

Leaf shape is an important quality trait of agronomic crops, and to control the law of genetic variation of leaf shape is of practical significance for improving the early identification and selection of agronomic crops. Variations in the leaf morphology of chrysanthemum cultivars are abundant, and…

Kordes Roses bringing the new varieties to the grower:

"If the growers can't come to the show house, bring the show house to them"

This week, Kordes Roses is visiting rose growers in Germany and the Netherlands to show their new varieties in a special way. Due to the COVID-19 situation, this German breeder cannot welcome their growers in their show house, but as their breeding activities continue, they are eager to show their…

Antonio Giovino

Potential application of Plant DNA Barcoding in floriculture

The objective of a new study is to assess the ability of the DNA barcoding approach to identify different taxonomic groups from two flowering plant collections: the most relevant…

Oaklins

Dutch gladiolus breeder attracts investment partner

For Ever, a market leader in gladiolus breeding, has entered into a strategic partnership with Synergia Capital Partners. With this investment, the company wants to continue the strong growth of recent years. Oaklins served as exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of For Ever. While COVID-19 causes…

Dümmen Orange's virtual CAST 2020 display

Even though California Spring Trials (CAST) 2020 has been cancelled, still many participants are showcasing their products, but then virtually. Also Dümmen Orange who were supposed to present their products at a new CAST location this year, namely Avila Beach. In the video below Chris Berg presents the…

Nature Research

Single-molecule long-read sequencing of the full-length transcriptome of Rhododendron lapponicum L

Rhododendron lapponicum L. is a familiar ornamental plant worldwide with important ornamental and economic value. However, a full-length R. lapponicum transcriptome is still lacking. In a new study, researchers used the Pacific Biosciences single-molecule real-time sequencing technology to generate the…

The complete chloroplast genome of fragrant plantain lily

Fragrant plantain lily (Hosta ventricosa) is an ornamental plant and widely cultivated in China due to its environmental adaptability. In a new study, the complete chloroplast…

Cornell University:

2020 Synapsis Symposium draws a global audience

Cornell’s Plant Breeding & Genetics graduate student organization, also known as Synapsis, hosts an annual symposium where national and international scientists speak on important topics in plant breeding. While many similar events were canceled or postponed following campus closure in March, the student…

Australian researchers grow endangered native orchid

Researchers from Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria have made a major conservation breakthrough by growing one of Australia’s most beautiful and endangered native orchids, the Queen of Sheba (Theylmitra variegata).  The Queen of Sheba is a native orchid which only grows wild…

Bernd Haynold

Chemical mechanism of flower color microvariation in paeonia with yellow flowers

Paeonia species are important ornamental plants, including three types: tree peony, herbaceous peony, and Itoh hybrid peony. Paeonia with yellow color is desired and becoming popular. However, the chemical mechanism of the formation of yellow flowers in Paeonia is still unclear. In a new study, 14…

Why plants should never 'kiss' but 'talk'

Ben Geijtenbeek is Senior Technical Crop Specialist at Syngenta Flowers. At the IPM in Essen he explained to growers why it is important that plants should have some personal space to reach the best quality.  “To improve the climate for optimal growth, it is important to know how many plants you can grow per…

Meilland

After the war, Britain was keen to sit back and smell the roses

When Victory in Europe was announced on 8 May, 1945 the British nation was ecstatic, celebratory – and exhausted. The country had fought with every sinew, and that battle – as with our current crisis – depended not just on those on the front line but in every household and every job. In 1939 pleasure…

Nitzan Nir, NIR Nursery:

Wax Flower popularity creates price-stable product

Since the global flower market is hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, so is the Wax Flower. This flower gained a strong presence in the market, but quantities dropped lately. However, it seems that the flower is quite price stable as prices are at the similar level as last year. This is explained by Nitzan…

Comptoir Paulinois glasshouses are in full bloom

This French breeder shows its work virtually this year

The ranunculus and anemones are in full bloom in the glasshouses of Comptoir Paulinois and therefore, during this time of the year they usually welcome many visitors. But unfortunately not this year, due to the COVID-19 situation. Therefore, this French company that is specialized in the production and…

"PAS is up and running!"

PanAmerican Seed offers virtual tour of its facilities

Below a short video that was made of the PanAmerican Seed breeding and production sites all over the world. The video shows that they are up and running and that breeding, trialing, seed production, seed cleaning and seed supply is continuing. Crops come along nicely, and seed production is on track.  Everybody is…

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PanAmerican Seed to show FlowerTrials 2020 display virtually

"We always say: you can simply not afford to miss FlowerTrials! Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 virus we will all miss the event this year. The most important thing at this…

Scientists hack bioluminescence to create glowing houseplants

Earth is illuminated by bioluminescence but, for many of us, seeing the natural phenomenon is a rare treat: Catching the glow of a firefly or witnessing a dolphin gliding through electric-blue waters is a thrill. Researchers are currently manufacturing glowing flowers and ornamental plants that can cast…

Akina successfully introduces new red rose to the auction - 70 cents per stem

Is there ever a bad time to launch a new rose?

It may seem like the worst possible time to launch a new rose variety, but it may be the best one too. Akina, a farm of Fontana group, did it and they were pleasantly surprised with the results.  On Friday, April 24, they introduced Meilland's novelty BLACK GOLD® Meiniffyck at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction,…

Dutch anthurium breeder does everything possible against aphids

In some cases, customers at home and abroad have to work with products from Anthura for as many as 30 weeks before they go to the end market. It is therefore extremely important that the product they receive is healthy and clean. Aphid control is becoming more difficult, and Anthura is currently devoting…

Impact of COVID-19 on National flower of South Africa

South African protea growers hit hard, but hopeful for next season

Protea cynaroides, the National flower of South Africa comes in many colours and sizes and the demand has been increasing for several years now, but due to COVID-19, sales have come to a standstill. For White cynaroides ‘Arctic Ice’, for example, a cultivar managed by Future Fynbos under the Ayoba®…

New head of business and client development at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has appointed Phillip Stephan as its new Vice President, Business and Client Development. Stephan joined Vineland’s senior management team on April 1. Stephan will lead the organization’s business and client development activities to strengthen relationships and build…

A peek into Syngenta's Vitro Support Lab Flowers

Working on site during COVID-19

Not everyone can perform their tasks from home. Some of the Syngenta Flowers colleagues are needed to work on site. Here, Maria Tilton, Ewa Schoutsen and Dylan Kroon all Technologists at Vitro Support Lab Flowers in Enkhuizen share their experiences of working during this challenging time. Tissue Culture Lab: Maria Tilton (l)…

2020 Florida Flower Trials will take place online

With all of the uncertainties related to COVID-19 pandemic, FNGLA is innovating this year’s event to take place online. Traditionally, FNGLA's Florida Flower Trials offers industry members a two-day experience to see first-hand how the newest annual plant varieties handle the heat and humidity of Central…

Green Works brings the Peony Trial Garden to you

At Green Works, they are proud of the Peony Trial Garden with more than 300 varieties. Due to the current crisis, a visit to the trial garden is somewhat more difficult. That is why Green Works is bringing the Peony Trial Garden to you. Despite all the limitations and because traveling and meeting is…

Introductions presented in a video

CAST 2020: What would have been on display at American Takii

CAST 2020 may have been cancelled, but the introductions are still being brought on display. Many CAST participants are presenting their novelties virtually this year. Also American Takii, that would have presented their varieties at their facility in Salinas, is excited to introduce their items for 2020…

US (HI): Researcher discovers a new tool for domesticating wild plants

Why and how do plants grow the way they do, and can we change them? This question lies at the heart of Dr. Michael G. Muszynski’s research in CTAHR’s Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences department. For more than 25 years, Mike has sought to better understand the molecular mechanisms of different plant…

Raymond J.Evison Ltd. and The Beijing Florascape Co. Ltd. join forces

Chinese greenhouses take British clematis breeding to next level

British clematis breeding company Raymond J.Evison Ltd. and Chinese breeder and grower The Beijing Florascape Co. Ltd. joined forces and started a breeding project in China. Last Tuesday, at the Open Days of The Beijing Florascape, the plans of this "Chinese Joint Venture Breeding Project (CJVBP)" were…

US (LA): LSU AgCenter announces edible ornamental sweet potato

Hobby growers have a new edible option for their ornamental gardens by way of a Louisiana favorite: the sweet potato. Developed by LSU AgCenter breeders in collaboration with FitzGerald Nurseries, of Kilkenny, Ireland, the sweet potato selections are marketed in North America through Concept Plants and…

A virtual tour along the display:

What would have been on display at Westhoff/PAC Elsner during CAST?

Last week, the California Spring Trials would have been in full swing. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, the event had to be cancelled. Fortunately, breeding companies are still showcasing their varieties, but then virtually. Like Westhoff and PAC Elsner for example. This year, for the second time,…

Behind the scenes at Tropical Seeds' Seedlab

Early last year, Tropical Seed further expanded the number of instruments that are used to assess the quality of the seeds. "Whether it concerns cleaning up, vitality or the storage of seeds, measuring provides information and the end customer is served well by having the best possible insight into the…

Chromosome-level genome assembly, annotation and evolutionary analysis of Asparagus setaceus

Asparagus setaceus is a popular ornamental plant cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions globally. A new study constructed a chromosome-scale reference genome of A.…

Ornamental varieties from Argentine native species to the world

For decades, varieties developed from species native to Argentina appeared in the flowers and ornamentals world market. As examples, we can mention Petunia, Alstroemeria, Calceolaria and Glandularia, among many other species. by Daniel E. Morisigue and Gabriela Facciuto For more than 15 years the…

Spring brings preparations for new rose breeding season

Spring is here, and it will certainly bring us a lot of sunshine we’ve been missing during the long winter. Freedom in these tough times we will have to find in determination, patience and solidarity. As for the flowers, the Pheno Geno Roses can help – preparations for the new breeding season are…

Change in CPVO fees regulation as of 1st April 2020

A decision was taken by the European Commission in 2019 to update the CPVO fees regulation. This decision has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on…


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