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NZ: Manawatū rose breeder John Ford dedicates win to influencial aunt Nola Simpson

A newly crowned top rose breeder has dedicated his win to his aunt, one of New Zealand’s most prolific breeders, thanking her for all the help she gave him. Manawatū breeder…

This experimental Southern California garden aims to grow plants that never need watering

Nate Benesi has a vision. He sees Southern California gardens lush with lawns, roses, and aloes that never need to be watered. That’s right. Benesi intends to compile a…

Ilonka Ekelmans, Kwekerij Sensation, about white cut Chrysanthemum "Ilonka":

"This variety has the potential to become one of the biggest of its kind"

"This chrysanthemum is white as snow and it really shows when putting it next to other white varieties. Furthermore, it has a very green heart, a lot of volume, it's very uniform, easy to dye, and very durable, allowing it to be transported over long distances". This is what Ilonka Ekelmans of Kwekerij…

Lazzeri Società Agricola a r.l. explains and introduces 2021 catalogs

Less cyclamen and poinsettia on the Italian market for 2020, but hopes high for 2021

The cyclamen season is in full swing and the poinsettia season is about to take off in Italy. Due to the caution by the growers in the order phase due to Covid-19, there are less products on the market, but for the cyclamen it turned out well as prices were better for everyone. "Let's hope the same goes…

Strategic Centres for ornamental crops

UK: "They act as a hub for industry to facilitate networking and encourage best practice"

The two Strategic Centres for ornamental crops act as an umbrella for a range of near market projects, decided upon by the grower steering group of each project. The centres host a range of small-scale trials along with extensive knowledge exchange programmes including open days, workshops, study tours,…

New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants

Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have discovered a way to…

Soiree Kawaii sales support girls & at-risk youth

Suntory Flowers announces charitable contributions to two organizations devoted to helping young people thrive – Girls Inc. and Covenant House. Funds were raised through the sale of Soiree Kawaii catharanthus plants in 2020. Inspired by the youthful Kawaii girl brand identity, the campaign launched at Cultivate…

or actually, leaving the greenhouse

Poinsettia Christmas Mouse is in the house

"When our breeding came around the corner with this new variety, everyone was a bit baffled at first and didn't really know what to do with it," says Milena Weller, Communications Manager at Selecta one when talking about their new poinsettia Christmas Mouse. "But the longer we thought about it and even…

Podcast with Neame Lea Nurseries, Woodlark Nurseries and Cobbins Nurseries.

UK: Commercial assessment of new non-red poinsettia varieties

As part of the Bedding and Pot Plant Centre, and other AHDB funded projects, a range of new poinsettia varieties (some still unnamed and coded) have been evaluated over several years. Previously, these have been red-bracted varieties, however this and next year the focus will be on non-red varieties.…

Cactus and Succulent Society of Australia

Cactus garden preserves collection for Australian growers

Nearly 90 years ago, a German named Harold Blossfeld set sail on an expedition to South America. He travelled about 6000 kilometres over two years through Bolivia, Peru and Argentina looking for one thing: cacti. In Australia, cactus hobbyist Ralph Field had invested in the voyage, paying £200 for his…

Roses Forever celebrates 25 years of rose breeding

After working for a pot rose grower in Denmark for several years and  starting up and running an own pot rose nursery, Rosa Eskelund's passion for breeding was born. She wanted to achieve a large head compact pot rose and achieved it in 1995 and immediately established breeding company Roses Forever. After…

NL: Armada on tour

This year Armada is not organizing a flowertrial at their facilities, instead they have prepared a special Armada van with the latest pot chrysanthemum genetics. This week Armada goes ‘on Tour’, visiting growers and plant trading companies and showing them them latest pot chrysanthemum genetics.   For more information:Armada Young PlantsTel: +31 (0)174-520713info@armadayoungplants.nlwww.armadayoungplants.nl

Selecta one presents new videos of perennials, chrysanthemum and bedding plants

Selecta one brings their assortment to your home. See below videos on their Perennials, chrysanthemum and bedding plants.  Click here for their YouTube channel.  For more information:Selecta Onewww.selecta-­one.com

Schoneveld Breeding shows off new varieties at Cyclamen Open Days 2020

When they organized the Cyclamen Open Days 2020, the team Schonveld Breeding knew they had to do it differently from other years. Due to the corona measures, the current version could not continue. Instead of receiving as many people as possible in the greenhouses, they went digital this year. Lots of…

Madiba celebrates 15th birthday with new brand identity

This year, Madiba turns 15 years old; and Dekker Chrysanten is celebrating with a colourful new house style featuring the powerful payoff "Flower Power". In 2005, Westeringh Flowers was the first to introduce a series of revolutionary Madiba varieties that have an impressive number of flowers and an excellent…

Syngenta's new 2021 poinsettia catalog is available now

Syngenta Flowers and Beekenkamp Plants announce their new and updated 2021 Poinsettia Catalog, also featuring four new varieties from Lazzeri. This newly released catalog is…

Global vision of heliconias research as a cut flowers: a review

It is relevant to systematize the global knowledge generated about heliconia due to its economic importance in tropical floriculture and the cut flower market. The objective…

Plantinova creates website to present new varieties to consumers

"During and probably due to Covid-19, orders via our B2C platform increased sharply"

“The ornamental industry is not reacting to what the consumer likes, it is reacting on what works best in the nursery. Therefore, there are so many pelargoniums and petunias on the market. Why not do a little more effort for a different crop?” says Charlotte Weis of Plantinova, who is working in the…

Nur B. Adam

US (MN): Meet David Remucal, the University’s ‘plant rescuer’

David Remucal is one of the few “plant rescuers” in the state. Collecting, breeding and salvaging endangered plants around Minnesota and Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota adjunct professor’s role at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is multifaceted. A plant ecologist by training, Remucal’s work now…

Brindabella Purple Prince wins American Garden Rose Selections Awards

Relative newcomer of the American rose scene, Brindabella Purple Prince of Suntory Flowers has won a second award for landscape performance. First was a Local Artist Award from American Rose Trials for Sustainability (A.R.T.S.) for performance in the Upper Midwest and Northeast. Now, Purple Prince has…

Hydrangea Breeders Association:

"Surprising results in pinching trial cut flower hydrangeas"

In 2020 Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) did a pinching trial with cut flower hydrangeas on their test location at Agriom, De Kwakel: two plants of each variety were pinched mid March, two plants were pinched April 1st and two plants were pinched April 15th. The aim was to gain knowledge about the…

Danziger launches its new cut flowers catalog for season 20-21

With more than 60 novelties, 3 brand new series, 18 crops and 300 varieties, Danziger is excited and proud to launch their new 20-21 cut flowers catalog. The catalog can be…

Improvement of crops with seeds from gene banks

Climate-adapted plant breeding

The famous seed vault in Spitsbergen and national gene banks retain hundreds of thousands of seed samples to preserve old varieties of crop plants and the genetic diversity associated with them. Are…

Terra Nova Nurseries announces key Management promotions

Terra Nova Nurseries announces the promotions of Rebecca Orr to marketing manager and Chris Park to research and development administration and contracts manager. Orr joined Terra Nova Nurseries in May 2017 as a customer service representative. She will retain her current role as a key account representative…

Dutch rose grower Berg RoseS on Con Amore:

"The world’s most sustainable red rose"

This year Berg RoseS is celebrating 45 years of rose-growing. Over those years they have had the privilege of growing many different varieties, including various red roses. That started as far back as 1975 with ‘Garnette’. Arie van den Berg joined Berg RoseS in 1991. "At that time, we were growing the…

Rosa Eskelund, Roses Forever

"Despite lack of exhibitions, good year so far"

Exhibitions are important ways to show your products to the world and last week would have been an important week for the international ornamental industry with two international exhibitions to be held in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, Covid-19 threw a spanner in the works. For many companies, a big…

AIPH

webinar, December 10

Intellectual property protection in the green value chain

Plant breeders, growers, traders and retailers are invited to a webinar designed to help the horticultural supply chain get a better general understanding of how Intellectual Property (IP) works in the sector, how it benefits all players and why all links in the chain need to be aware. On 10 December,…

Uli Benz / TUM

A molecular break for root growth

Length of plant roots is controlled by hormones

The dynamic change in root growth of plants plays an important role in their adjustment to soil conditions. Depending on the location, nutrients or moisture can be found in higher or lower soil layers. This is why, depending on the situation, a short or a long root is advantageous. Caroline Gutjahr,…

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Chromosome manipulation for plant breeding purposes

The transfer of genetic variability from related species into crops has been a main objective for decades in breeding programs. Breeders have used interspecific genetic crosses and alien introgression lines to achieve this goal, but the success is always dependent on the interspecific chromosome…

Bernard Muthuri, Zena Roses:

"Demand for new varieties still high"

Crisis or not, the market is always looking for new and different products and ease. Kenyan grower Zena Roses limited experiences it firsthand. When the market started to open up in July, the demand for their new rose-varieties as well as recently added other crops was high. This is explained by Bernard…

A look at Morel's production trials in the Netherlands

'What you see is what you get'

"We are not only showing the 'Ferrari plants'", says Hein Desmet of Morel Diffusion when talking about the annual production trials in 's Gravendeel, the Netherlands, which are in full swing at the moment. "Besides being on trial to show our varieties to growers, traders and other professionals industry, it is also an important…

'Traveling to Israel has never been so easy!'

Danziger's NovemberFest 2020 goes virtual

NovemberFest, Danziger's flagship annual event, marks the kick-off of the new season and a chance for industry leaders - growers, retailers and distributors - to explore the company’s latest genetics and assortment from its R & D facilities in Israel. As usual, this year’s event promises customers and…

WIPO\BERROD

Daren Tang appointed as new UPOV Secretary-General

On October 25, 2020, the Council appointed Mr. Daren Tang as the Secretary-General of UPOV for the period from October 30, 2020, to September 30, 2026, in a procedure by correspondence. In an intervention made by Mr. Tang, at the opening of the Council of UPOV, held by virtual means on October 30, 2020,…

Anthura

Anthura celebrates reopening of Chinese market

Summer has turned into autumn. With its colour combination of purple and green, the Anthurium cut flower Jumbo suits this season, as does the copper-brown Phalaenopsis pot plant Anthura Monaco. The good news is that China is slowly resuming its commercial activities, so we have organized a successful…

Rudolf Sterkel, Gardengirls, reviews 2020 calluna season

Germany: 'Demand for heather plants surpasses supply'

"In general, the sales season for winter-hardy heather plants, namely the Calluna vulgaris brand Gardengirls, developed in 2020 better than in the previous year," says Rudolf Sterkel Sales and Marketing Manager of the Gardengirls brand when reviewing Germany's 2020 heather (calluna) season. "Due to the…

Les Johnson

National Rose Trial Garden of Australia 2020 Awards

Rose Trial Gardens exist throughout the world. At least 25 are acknowledged by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS). In Australia, the National Rose Trial Garden (NRTGA) was established in 1996 to trial roses not yet commercially released, bred locally or internationally. The purpose of the…

Dümmen Orange introduces new mum series

Dümmen Orange now offers its Ditto series of VitaMum. As part of the company’s Intrinsa breeding program, the new mums are white rust-resistant and available in five colors: Ditto Lemon, Ditto Dark Orange, Ditto Dark Pink, Ditto Pink and Ditto White.   “Our new Ditto series showed very good results in the northeast this…

Selecta one varieties tested for drought-tolerance

The European summers are getting hotter and drier. This is having an increasing impact on the green industry. And the end consumer is also increasingly concerned with the question of which plants can survive heat waves, require small amounts of water and are therefore ecologically valuable. Trial drought-tolerance…

Family owned breeding and propagation

Brandkamp celebrates 60 years in business

It all started with some land, a 1,000m² greenhouse and a smaller dwelling house in the German village Anholt, very close to the Dutch border and nearby Emmerich. This is how the Brandkamp story began, 60 years ago. Established by Mr. Hubert Brandkamp, and later in the hands of his son Mr. Hubert…

De Ruiter and developments in Ecuador under COVID-19

"Growers are still keen on diversifying portfolio with new, productive varieties"

It is a fact that this pandemic has hit almost all industries around the world and of course the global ornamental sector has been no exception. How is the Ecuadorian flower market affected by Covid-19 and how does the current market look like? In this article below, De Ruiter Ecuador Roses gives us an…

First in the Netherlands, then in France

Cyclamen Trials Morel Diffusion are on

The Cyclamen Trials are taking off for French cyclamen breeder Morel Diffusion. First, the varieties will be on display in the Netherlands and afterwards, these varieties, and more, will be presented at their 'home base': France.  Production Trials in 2019 in 's Gravendeel (click here for the article) Production…

Thomas Louveau

New research sheds light on complex genetic and metabolic traits in plants

Numerous examples of biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) have been discovered in plant genomes, but little is known about the formation of these important examples of gene organisation. They are of interest because many of BGCs reported in plants in recent years encode compounds of agricultural importance…

NL: Anthura finalist Koning Willem 1 Award SMEs

The Koning Willem I Award is the National Enterprise Award and is awarded in two categories: large scale companies and SMEs. Companies that have shown guts, vigour, sustainability, perseverance and good entrepreneurship in recent years are the first to be considered. By awarding the Prize, the Koning…

Research collaboration could be ‘game changer’ for polyploid breeders

Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant breeders are collaborating with an international, interdisciplinary group of scientists to enhance a genetics tool set that could be a…

BallSB's new campaign; Stock Timeless Romanticism

"This color palette takes you back to the XIX century romantic stories and transcends beauty throughout time."

"The main idea of the campaign are the beautiful stories of love and joy and how they transcend overtime through flowers and how they have always lived through time", says Carmen Lucia Marquez, Marketing Manager at BallSB when talking about their new campaign featuring a new Pastel Color Palette Stock…

Thursday, December 3, 2020 in Cresco (IA)

Plantpeddler Poinsettia Variety Day: “Testing the Best in the Midwest”

In a year with nearly everything cancelled, following Plantpeddler'ssuccessful Variety Day in August, they look forward to this opportunity to bring the Poinsettia community together. The Poinsettia business is ever evolving; this is your opportunity to stay on top of the industry. See honest side by side…

November 2, 4 and 6, 2020

US: Proven Winners to present a 3-day virtual Landscape Roadshow series

As part of its virtual event series, Proven Winners will be presenting a Landscape Roadshow on the afternoons of November 2, 4 and 6, 2020. The educational program kicks off on Monday, November 2 at 1:30 PM CT, 2:30 PM ET. The first presenter in the series will be John Antonelli, Regional Sales…

New CPVO search tool for applicants

The CPVO has launched a new online search tool, merging the information formerly available in the so-called S2 publication and S3 webpage. The new search tool enables users to…

NIRP introduces new red variety for Latin American market, Red Flame

"The red velvet color is obtained without using any type of mesh or 'anti-blackening' bag"

After several years of work, thousands of crosses made, hundreds of codes eliminated and dozens of evaluations, Red Flame, the new red rose variety from NIRP International, has hit the market. Red Flame® The breeding processThe process from the creation to the first commercial plantation of each new rose…

Morel Diffusion continues in the hands of investment company Evolem

The French investment company Evolem took over cyclamen breeder Morel Diffusion on September 22. The talks between the two companies, uninterrupted even during the health crisis, were based on the mutual need for a continuity of the work carried out, but also on exciting development prospects for the…

Online tours

Schoneveld breeding Cyclamen Open Days 2020

Every autumn, Schoneveld breeding in Wilp, Netherlands, receives customers and colleagues to view the full range of Cyclamen and other products. This year, because of COVID-19, it is not possible to come to the greenhouses in Wilp for many interested parties. Fortunately, with our online tours we can…

FlowerBuzz Rose of the Month – Brickhouse:

"It has a unique colour; between a rusty, deep orange and tomato red, with some darker outer petals"

Cut Flower Wholesale is an Atlanta-based import company that is always testing new varieties to identify important traits that meet the needs of their clients. In most cases they report their findings with breeders and on FlowerBuzz website. Every month, the name a rose of the month and for the month…

See how colourful winter hardy heather can be

Germany: Gardengirls forms cooperation with the Mainau Island Parks

It is autumn of 2020 and in the parks of the famous Mainau Island, in the Lake Constance just offshore the city of Constance in the 4 countries region of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland, the Calluna Gardengirls is being featured prominently. Almost every picturesque spot on this…

John Innes Centre

New technology accelerates crop improvement with CRISPR

Researchers know how to make precise genetic changes within the genomes of crops, but the transformed cells often refuse to grow into plants – one international team has devised a new solution. The Dubcovsky lab at UC Davis in California, US, have developed a new tool helps ease this process by coaxing…

Rosa Eskelund, Roses Forever, on expanding her fragrant pot rose assortment:

"Large fragrant flowers on a fast, easy to grow plant - that's our goal"

Fragrance has always been a good selling point for roses, but longevity of the product used to be the bottleneck. However, as the popularity of fragrant roses is increasing all over the world, it becomes an increasingly more important topic on the breeder’s agenda. Also for Danish breeder Rosa Eskelund…

AU: Geraldton's wax flower blossoms into native food, with 'unique Australian flavours'

A growing appetite for uniquely Australian cuisine has led to a popular native flower being developed into a food flavouring. If breeders have their way, bunches of edible Geraldton wax flowers could soon appear next to rosemary in the supermarket. Perth-based plant breeder Helix Australia develops…

Floricultura appoints Ben Volwater as account manager Mexico

Floricultura appoints Ben Volwater as account manager Mexico. Ben will be based in Mexico and he will commence his role on 1st November this year. With this appointment, Floricultura underlines the importance of the Mexican market and the need to have local presence.   Ben Volwater Local presenceWe believe it…

CPVO Administrative Council elects new Chair and Deputy Chair

On 30 September 2020, the Administrative Council of the Community Plant Variety Office held its first entirely virtual meeting since the establishment of the CPVO in 1995. During the meeting, the members of the Administrative Council elected their new Chair and Deputy Chair for the period 2020-2023. The…

Charles Snijders joins Takii Europe to lead Research & Development

Charles Snijders is appointed as Head of R&D at Takii Europe. Charles brings over 30 years of experience in the plant breeding industry. Under his leadership, the European R&D team will increasingly contribute to strengthening the company's market position further.   Charles Snijders Ton Kuipers, Managing Director…

J. Berry Nursery announces new Hollywood Hibiscus Program with American Farms LLC

J. Berry Nursery and American Farms are proud to announce a new collaboration; American Farms will be offering the J. Berry award-winning series of Hibiscus Hollywood liners…

Dümmen Orange consolidates mum URC production in the US, intensifies collaboration with Danish nursery

Dümmen Orange is on a roll. In the US, they just relocated all of the company’s mum unrooted cutting production to their greenhouse facilities at the famed former Ecke Ranch in Encinitas (CA), USA. Across the pond, in Europe, they just entered into an agreement with a Danish nursery to further intensify…

November 4-5, 2020 in Isselburg-Anholt

Germany: Chrysanthemum Day at Brandkamp

Special times require special measures, this also applies to breeding companies in the Corona crisis. The traditional autumn fairs in the first week of November in the Netherlands, where Brandkamp has been presenting its novelties in the chrysanthemum sector for many years, will be cancelled this year…

Jennifer Doudna/UC Berkeley

Nobel Prize for discoverers of CRISPR/Cas9

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 to Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany) and Jennifer A. Doudna (University of California, Berkeley, USA), “for the development of a method for genome editing”. Genetic…

Stephen Ausmus, D925-1

The U.S. National Arboretum: Where science meets beauty

Now is a good time to take a virtual trip to the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA). If you have ever visited the Arboretum, you know it’s truly where science meets beauty. Established in 1927, the Arboretum, located in Washington, DC, is administered by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The…

Queen Genetics expands assortment

"Succulents continue to be popular items"

Succulents have been popular for several years among the end-consumer, as they fit perfectly into current plant trends. In modern homes, we see a greater interest in easy-care houseplants and creating a green, indoor oasis, resulting in an increase in demand. For several years now, Queen Genetics is…

Terra Nova Nurseries receives “Best of” award at CSU's Annual Trial Gardens

US: Global Plant Breeder announces new University trial garden award

Terra Nova Nurseries announced its Centaurea ‘Snowy Owl’ variety was the recipient of the “Best New Variety” award at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Fort Collins Annual Trial Gardens. The trials took place during the recent annual growing season, spanning May to October 2020. This is the third consecutive…

"Thinking Begonia? – Think Benary!"

Benary introduces new varieties in 5 different begonia classes

When you are looking for begonias check out Benary’s assortment and their latest new introductions. Benary is the world leading begonia specialist. For 2021, they introduced new varieties in 5 different begonia classes. Big White BIG White – Begonia x benariensis F1BIG White Begonia is the eighth colour…

Selecta one launches Perennials and Chrysanthemum catalogue 2021

The domestic greenery has gained in importance this year. "Staycation" - holiday at home is the motto. With the new assortment of Selecta one, it will be colourful and cosy in everyone's garden or balcony even in late summer and autumn - "the golden autumn days can come!". Growers can plan for autumn…

Colombia: Impression of Floritec's assortment of Spraymums, Santinis and Disbud

From 24 - 28 August the Chrysanthemum week took place in Colombia, where nine flower breeding companies participated. Also Floritec presented a wide assortment of their Spraymums, Santinis and Disbuds. Their sales representative Juan Naranjo gives an impression in this video below: For more information:Floritec…

A peek inside the trials of Dekker Chrysanten in the Netherlands

Chrysanthemum Valley: A candy store of flowers

Traditionally during this time of the year, Dekker Chrysanten organizes an extensive trial at their company in Hensbroek, the Netherlands. You won't find more colors in one greenhouse anywhere else; the assortment of chrysanthemums is huge, in santinis they are even the market leader and when all…

PanAmerican Seed Global Director of Sales Sean Valk presented a check of $55,943.00 (US)

Beacon Impatiens presents donation to the OI Foundation

The team behind the launch of Beacon Impatiens is pleased to confirm the donation of a portion of its 2019-2020 global seed sales to The OI Foundation, the charity organization that brings awareness and support to those living with and affected by osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). At a…

Condor

Sakata introduces new Brassica series

As the days shorten and the nights get cooler, the bright colours of summer make way for the hues of autumn, and the rich beauty if Brassica is back in bouquets.  This season sees an addition to the assortment, Brassica Condor. Bred by Sakata and available in two colours, White and Red, this new Brassica series…

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US: Update on petition to deregulate petunias modified using genetic engineering

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on two documents related to the potential deregulation of a petunia variety developed using genetic engineering to produce orange flowers. The documents are a preliminary Plant Pest…

Debbie Rempert

Dümmen Orange hires Senior Brand Manager to lead its branding efforts

Dümmen Orange is pleased to announce the hiring of Debbie Rempert as Senior Brand Manager. She brings 21 years of experience in horticultural marketing to the Dümmen Orange team in this newly created position. Debbie Rempert “We are very fortunate to bring someone of her stature to our company,” said…

An impression of AmeriSeed Monsoon-Rainy Trials 2020

AmeriSeed is well known for their many heat tolerant varieties of Hybrid American Marigold, Vinca and Zinnia. To ensure continuous product improvement, AmeriSeed conducts regular, seasonal trials in various parts of the world to improve, optimize and adapt their varieties to local conditions with special…

A look at United Selections' trials and new varieties display at Dutch grower J&K Rosa

"The market is always looking for something unique"

For nearly a year now, United Selections is trialing their varieties at Dutch rose grower J&K Rosa in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands. Last week, they organized an open house event where different Dutch, as well as Belgian and German rose growers and traders visited the greenhouse to check out…

Golden KVBC Award for Cortaderia

On September 15, 2020, the KVBC trial committee awarded a golden KVBC Award to Cortaderia selloana “Day1” (TINY PAMPA) after a field trial. "This plant immediately stands out because it grows much more compactly than other cultivars. Eventually the plant will reach a height of about 60-75 cm. “Day1” produces many shoots and therefore…

CPVO exceptional measures to come to an end

On 27 April 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the aim to support plant breeders facing unforeseen financial difficulties, the President of the CPVO took the exceptional decision to extend deadlines for payment of the annual fee and the payment of examinations fees. The CPVO would now…

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Gene editing as the next gen plant breeding tool for breeders

The basis of plant breeding is the availability of trait variation and diversity in different crops, that can be brought together into a variety or hybrid with multiple superior qualities or characteristics. Plant breeders have been collecting wild variants of different crops for transferring better…

October 1 and 2

Virtual conference on genome editing in Europe

On the occasion of the German Presidency of the European Union Council, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina kindly…

Dr. Jianping Ren receives 2020 AAS Breeder’s Cup award

All-America Selections honors ornamental breeding achievement

On Friday, September 18, 2020, All-America Selections honored an individual with impressive plant breeding credentials by presenting the 2020 AAS Breeder’s Cup award at the first-ever virtual Judge’s Meeting and Awards Ceremony. With the 2020 Summer Summit in Vancouver postponed until September of 2021,…

UK: Begonia ‘Sweet Spice Bounty’ royalties donated for horticultural scholarships

Plant sales of Begonia ‘Sweet Spice Bounty’ have been donated to  the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) to support students studying horticulture in the UK.  Begonia ‘Sweet SpiceTM’  Plant breeder, Kerley & Co, set out to donate 50% of the royalties received from wholesale distributor, BallColegrave, to DCF for two…

De Ruiter East Africa Ltd.

"In spite of challenges promising future for East African flower market"

De Ruiter East Africa Ltd. (DREA) is De Ruiter’s main operation in Africa. Established in the early nineties as one of the pioneer rose breeders in an upcoming flower industry on this continent, the company was initially set up as an agency with Oserian, one of the founding father companies for roses in…

Webinar Bailey Nurseries

Everything Hydrangeas: from variety selection to production to sales

Hydrangeas is one of the most rapidly growing categories and one of the most rapidly growing categories in woody shrubs. Last week, on September 9, Bailey Nurseries - known for Endless Summer and First Editions - organized a webinar in which they discussed everything, from variety selection to production…

US: Express Seed Company names Scott Valentine as Chief Executive Officer

Express Seed Company announces that its Board of Directors has appointed Scott Valentine, Ph.D., MBA as Chief Executive Officer. Scott Valentine previously held the position…

Agronomy

The complete chloroplast genome sequence of the Speirantha gardenii

The plant “False Lily of the Valley”, Speirantha gardenii is restricted to south-east China and considered as an endemic plant. Due to its limited availability, this plant was less studied. Hence, a new study is focused on its molecular studies, where researchers have sequenced the complete chloroplast…

Charles Kariuki on United Selections' Spray Rose Trials at Subati - Subukia

"We're impressed by the length, number of heads per spray and shorter growing cycles"

Subati Flowers Ltd is one of the leading growers and exporters of standard (single head) and spray roses. Most of these cut flowers are grown at an altitude of 2200m above sea level. In recent years, the company has been focussing on developing their spray rose line even further. In this regard, they…

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Joint call for reason and fairness regarding payment of royalties in 2020

Growers and breeders of ornamental plants and flowers are being called upon to show fairness and understanding as the time comes for growers to pay their royalty payments to breeders. International industry organisations, AIPH (International Association of Horticultural Producers), CIOPORA (International…

Mohammed Ravanbakhsh

Utrecht scientists discover fast-forward plant improvement technology

Utrecht scientists demonstrates a new, non-GMO technology to develop new crops at a fraction of the costs of traditional breeding. By engineering the genes of bacteria that surround the plants the scientists obtained the same outcome as adjusting genes from the plant itself. They publish their findings…

a lot of visitors at their physical booth at FlowersExpo 2020

Russia: Dutch breeder Dekker Chrysanten welcomed with open arms

Whereas many exhibitions in Europe are being cancelled, the FlowersExpo in Moscow, Russia continued. Last week, from September 8-10 the Crosus Expo in Moscow opened its doors. Of course, with less international exhibitors, the exhibition was different from past editions, but still there was a lot to see,…

Keygene

Apoximis: easy propagation of high yielding hybrids

Plant reproductive biologists of KeyGene identified a DNA region from dandelion that is essential for apomixis, the process that enables plants to clonally form seeds without…

Earley Ornamentals

UK: New 2021 plants and catalogues from Earley Ornamentals

Providing production opportunities for growers, new varieties and colours have been introduced to the Earley Ornamentals range. The company’s extensive bedding, basket and patio range and its perennial collection are featured in its two latest catalogues – now available for 2021. Introducing new varieties…

September 23-24, Naivasha

Select Breeding to organize Open House

Select Breeding is organizing an Open House at their breeding facilities in two lakes flower park, Naivasha, Kenya. Next week, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of September, customers are welcome to admire and get acquainted with all there is to know about all (new) commercial varieties the breeder has…

Optimizing genotyping processes at lower costs

NRGene, AI based genomic analysis for research and agricultural breeding company, announced the launch of SNPer – a new product that optimizes genotyping processes and gathers…

Johnny's Selected Seeds

This year's unsolicited seed scare highlights the work of legitimate seed growers

If you've ever wondered where those vegetable seeds you sow come from, the answer of late seems to be in mysterious little packages from somewhere in China. You may have caught the recent headlines about thousands of Americans receiving what appear to be seeds of cucumbers, peppers and other popular…

Floranova launches 2021 catalogue

Floranova just launched their latest catalogue. Within it, as well as their established range one will see the great new introductions available to order, such as: Horizon Shadow; A new member of the Horizon family. Available in five colours and a mix that contrast superbly against this rich, dark…

Mprise organises webinars about ERP & Apps for seed companies

Also in September, Mprise Agriware will host two webinars. The first session is about crop management and seed production management. We will focus on the management of production contracts with ERP software. The second webinar is about working from one digital source, without Excel files or paper. This…

UK: Echinacea Pretty Parasols online favourite at Four Oaks

Like several other trade shows, Four Oaks could not take place as a physical show this year. That's why the organization has chosen to organise a virtual show. In the online environment of Four Oaks, visitors could vote for the top 12 best new introductions of 2020 and Echinacea Pretty Parasols…

Graff Breeding introduces bee and butterfly friendly, mosquito repellent lavender

Danish breeder ventures into lavender

For more than 30 years they have bred hibiscus, the last few years they have added poinsettia and dipladenia / mandevilla and now, they are introducing their own-bred lavendula stoechas. The company in question is Danish breeder Graff Breeding A/S. Five years ago, after a request from one of their…

Toolgen

South Korea's first genome edited petunia approved in the U.S.

The research team led by professor Geung-Ju Lee of Chungnam National University and Toolgen announced that the new variety of petunia co-developed with CRISPR genome editing technology has been determined as non-GMO by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The decision was released under the "Am I…

Agriom

Royal Palace and Royal Wedding in the spotlight

There is a new video showing Agriom's cut hydrangeas in the HBA test greenhouse in De Kwakel. Curious about how Royal Palace and Royal Wedding look now? Check it out in this video. Assess the varieties yourselfAgriom cordially invites cut flower hydrangea growers and relations to take a look at Achterweg…

Deliflor introduces orange spray chrysanthemum 'Midnightsun'

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the summer months in places north of the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle, when the sun remains visible…

Terra Nova releases 2020-2021 plant catalog and new geum series video

Terra Nova Nurseries recently released their 2020-2021 plant catalog that presents hundreds of varieties and numerous series and collections from Terra Nova Nurseries. One of the series presented is the Geum Tempo Series of which they released a new video recently as well. This new geum video is part of…

Double Play Big Bang Spiraea awarded the KVBC-Award Gold Medal

The Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society (RBHS) trials committee has awarded the KVBC-Award Gold Medal to Proven Winners ColorChoice Double Play Big Bang Spiraea. Double Play Big Bang Spiraea, ‘Tracy’, features extra-large pink flowers against bright chartreuse-yellow foliage that glows orange in the spring.…

Colombia: 2,000+ visits for virtual Chrysanthemum Week

Last week, from August 24-28, Chrysanthemum Week was held in Antioquia, Colombia. This year, for the first time, people could visit the event and the open houses and they did from all over the world. In total, more than 2000 visits from international and local producers and traders were registered.  Open house…

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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