Breeding

Syngenta Flowers:

"Full of energy and ready for 2019"

Syngenta Flowers is looking back at a fruitful IPM 2019 in Essen, Germany, amid an impressive display of novelties, brands and initiatives. One of the introductions is Poinsettia Mirage Red, a true grower’s poinsettia. Easy production is a definite advantage but it also wins the hearts of retailers and consumers for…

"Genome data explosion means improved crops for vast rose family"

Encompassing not only hundreds of rose varieties, but thousands of species of useful, beautiful and edible plants including apples, almonds, cherries, pears, raspberries and strawberries, the rose family of plants, Rosaceae, is vast and valuable, adding more than $15 billion annually to the U.S. economy.…

New research characterizes evolution of genetic pathway for reproductive fitness in flowering plants

Small RNAs (sRNAs) are key regulators involved in plant growth and development. Two groups of sRNAs are abundant during development of pollen in the anthers – a critical process for reproductive success. One of these pathways for sRNA production, previously believed present in grasses and related…

Brandkamp takes over neighbor, expanding into hydrangeas

Recently, Brandkamp took over their neighboring company, a breeder and propagator of hydrangeas. It is a 2 ha company with 4,000 square meter under glass and – more importantly – it has its own distinctive assortment of hydrangeas. “For us, it is about the mother plants , the varieties. Martin Wilkes…

August 26-30, Wageningen

Netherlands: Summer School Green Genetics

Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then you're invited to participate in the Summer School Green Genetics at Wageningen University & Research. Why is there a Summer School Green Genetics? The sector…

Netherlands and Japan

Calibration Manual harmonizes DUS examination in anthurium

An Anthurium Calibration Manual was established by collaborative activities between Naktuinbouw (Netherlands) and NCSS (/NARO) (Japan). The purpose of the Calibration Manual is to harmonize technique of DUS examination in the two countries and use it also internationally. The Calibration Manual indicates only methods…

Interview with breeder Raymond Evison

How a Channel Island came to supply the world with clematis

The island Guernsey, one of the English Channel Islands, is known for its clematis production. That’s due in large part to the enthusiasm of breeder Raymond Evison. Over 2 million young plants a year are being produced at his 4.5 acre company Guernsey Clematis Nursery, which provides 20% of the world's…

Syngenta Flowers launches Vegetalis

Breeder develops consumer line of veg and herbs seeds

Syngenta Flowers announces the launch of its new ‘Vegetalis’ range of vegetable and organic herbs seeds. The Vegetalis range includes only high-performing, tested varieties. Each variety has been bred over many years with the consumer in mind. So whether a passionate, experienced grower or a beginner, all growers can…

February 25-March 1, Venhuizen

Netherlands: New varieties of Pansies and Violas in direct comparison

Growers are invited to have a look at the new varieties during the Benary Pansy Trials in Venhuizen. During Week 9, from February 25th to March 1st 2019, Benary Pansies and Violas can be examined in direct comparison to competing varieties. Growers who are interested in visiting, please contact…

Johan and Wouter David, Dataflor

Dataflor committed to ecologically responsible strawberry cultivation in Belgium

Belgian company Dataflor is probably the only grower that cultivates just chrysanthemums and strawberries together. Johan David specializes in the cultivation and breeding of bulb chrysanthemums, which started 30 years ago when he followed in his father Frans' footsteps. Frans cultivated pot…

Three new red pot rose varieties added to the assortment

Denmark: Reds through the roof at Rosa Danica

It's the time of the year again when Rosa Danica is adding new varieties to their pot rose assortment. While this in itself isn't that remarkable, they did add three new reds - a difficult color in breeding. And with Valentine's Day around the corner, Torben Moth Madsen is happy with some extra reds.…

HBA starts cut hydrangea trial greenhouse in Colombia

Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) in De Kwakel, the Netherlands, opened a trial greenhouse with cut hydrangea in Colombia. In the new testing grounds HBA has planted fifty selections to test them under local growing conditions. "The market demands new shapes and colors, which we want to deliver", says…

Orchids in history

A blast from the past

“It is difficult to realize that one of these tiny plants may well eventually prove to be a champion and worth a small fortune.” Greenhouses filled with orchids as we know them now are actually the result of orchid hunting by curious botanists in the past. One of them is David Sander who is making his appearance in this old…

Genome analysis of a model chrysanthemum species

Cultivated chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat.) is one of the most economically important ornamental crops grown worldwide. It has a complex hexaploid genome (2n = 6x = 54) and large genome size. The diploid Chrysanthemum seticuspe is often used as a model of cultivated chrysanthemum, since…

CIOPORA - Uniting breeders, protecting innovations

For more than 50 years, CIOPORA (International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties) has been representing breeders in all matters of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and aims to foster an environment in which the innovation of the breeders can flourish. The…

Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever:

"Everyone put their nose in it"

"It has been a more successful show than ever", says Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever. Last month, they attended the IPM Essen and with their enlarged booth in the new hall, they attracted the attention of many. The scented roses took center stage and by running a competition they now know which of their new scented potted rose…

Darwin Perennials turns 10

It was February of 2009 when Mike Klopmeyer was given the responsibility of proposing a way to organize the perennials business for Ball Horticultural Company. As a company, Ball had been involved in perennials breeding for many years. However, a more formal structure was needed. Over the course of a few months (and some…

New Beacon exhibits high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew

"Garden Impatiens are back... without the risk"

PanAmerican Seed re-launches Impatiens to the horticultural industry through its new series of I. walleriana with high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew. Beacon Impatiens offers season-long performance and brings back fast-filling color to the shade... without the disease risk. In addition to this…

Growers take center stage in new De Ruiter strategy

De Ruiter Innovations kicks off the new year with a lot of plans. "We are going to build an office in Ecuador, and various introductions are at hand, and a new website will soon go online. Moreover, we will roll out our new slogan: 'Meet my roses'." Team of De Ruiter at the IFTF in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. This is…

Dwarf Tomato Project results in 24 seed releases

Gary Ibsen, founder of TomatoFest Heirloom Tomato Seeds, grower of more than 650 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes and co-founder of World Tomato Society, announces the release of rare tomato seeds for 24 “Dwarf Tomato” varieties. Ibsen said, “This is a marvelous opportunity for space-challenged gardeners: those who plant in…

Purdue scientists nail down important plant compound pathway

Purdue University plant molecular biochemist Natalia Dudareva and colleagues have described a complete second pathway used by plants to produce phenylalanine, a compound important for all living organisms. Phenylalanine is a building block of proteins and the precursor to thousands of compounds. Plants use these…

February 6-8, Povedniki

Russian nurseries: From formation to development

The Association of Planting Stock Producers (APSP) invites the professional community to the 12th Annual Conference “Russian Nurseries: from Formation to Development Strategies”, 6-8 February 2019. The APSP annual conference is a platform for promoting the domestic nursery sector, demonstration of achievements, new technology, discussion of development…

Royal Van Zanten expanding in Uganda

Demand for Royal Van Zanten’s chrysanthemum varieties continues to rise. To meet this growing demand, two additional greenhouses with a total floor area of 22,116 m2 are currently being built in Mukono, Uganda. These greenhouses will be supplied complete with LED lighting for night breaks and are…

Danziger and Terra Nova Nurseries announce creative collaboration agreement

Terra Nova Nurseries and Danziger jointly announced this week the two companies are entering into a new alliance, whereby Danziger will become a dedicated licensee and producer of vegetative cuttings from Terra Nova Nurseries’ stock in Europe, Asia and Africa. Danziger will produce the Unrooted Cuttings…

The Herculean journey of a Sombrero Echinacea

The life of a Sombrero Echinacea before it gets to a consumer’s garden is not an easy one. It is filled with trials and tests, much like that of young Hercules in Greek Mythology. In fact, Sombrero was compared to a body builder a few years ago. by Katie Anderson, Business Manager at Darwin Perennials Where does it…

GeoSeed celebrates 25 years

From home office to germination lab and 5,000 varieties

GeoSeed is celebrating 25 years of providing seed and customer service. George Park, owner and president, grew up in the seed business. From an early age, he worked at various seed companies to learn the trade from the ground up. In the 1970s, George and his wife Barbara worked for Goldsmith Seeds in…

February 6, Brussels

Rest in peace plant breeding innovation in the EU after the ECJ ruling?

MEP Christopher Fjellner is organising an event entitled "Rest in Peace Plant Breeding Innovation in the EU after the ECJ Ruling?" on Wednesday, 6th of February 2019, from…

Citrine 2.0.

D.H.M.I. taps into growing yellow dipladenia market with new Opale Citrine variety

The traditional color of the dipladenia is red, but over the last years, the demand for different colors increased. Yellow, for example is a color that is expected to grow, explains Erick Ciraud of D.H.M. Innovation. Therefore, this French dipladenia breeding company is proud to announce the release of…

US (IN): Seed grants advance basic plant biology

An innovative seed grant program in its second year is meeting its goal of encouraging collaboration among researchers. Purdue Center for Plant Biology faculty have selected five teams to receive approximately $50,000 each for varied projects aimed at advancing basic plant biology. The award recipients…

Turkish joint venture Queen Tarim expands in size, assortment

Potted plants a big hit in Turkey

Looking to outsource the cutting production ended up in investing in a Turkish joint venture. The company in question is Danish Kalanchoe nursery Knud Jepsen a/s (Queen Genetics). After exploring the possibilities in Turkey, they saw the opportunity to take advantage of the country's developing local pot…

Brandkamp introduces new trailing Jollies Fuchsia types

"The market for fuchsias is stable, but there is room for growth"

"The market for fuchsias is stable, but there is room for growth", says Jürgen von den Driesch of Brandkamp. "I am sure that with good half trailing and trailing varieties, the number of trailing varieties on the market can grow, without the upright segment losing market share." With this in mind, this…

Kenya: United Selections holds Open Days in Nakuru

United Selections kicked off the year by hosting their first open day in Nakuru at their Ngata Facility. The event, held on 10th and 11th January, 2019, was well attended with several of their varieties getting positive feedback from the clients. Some of these varieties included well established varieties in the market such as Madam Red, Adalonia and New…

How to grow Flying Saucers

Coreopsis Walberton’s Flying Saucers is a long-flowering, compact herbaceous perennial that’s been delighting gardeners since its launch in 1997. Wildlife adore the glorious golden-yellow flowers, which put on their show from June all the way through to October. ‘Flying Saucers’ was bred at Walberton Nursery by plant breeder David Tristram. Many years were…

New German law implements EU no-variety-denominations rule in trademarks

On January 14, 2019, the German Law on Modernisation of the Trademark Law (“Gesetz zur Umsetzung der Richtlinie (EU) 2015/2436 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 16. Dezember 2015 zur Angleichung der Rechtsvorschriften der Mitgliedstaaten über die Marken – Markenrechtsmodernisierungsgesetz…

Green Works releases Paeonia catalog 2019-2020

Green Works' new Paeonia catalog for the upcoming season is now available. This catalog gives an overview of their expanded assortment for 2019/2020, in a modern layout with high resolution photos. Green Works is a supplier of young planting material for the professional cultivation. In the Netherlands, they are a grower of…

"Stop and smell the roses"

IPM Essen: Scented garden and scented pot roses take center stage at Roses Forever

When you stroll down the aisles in the new Danish hall at the IPM Essen and you follow your nose, the fragrance will probably lead you to the booth of Roses Forever. This year, their scented garden roses, together with their scented pot roses, take center stage. Visitors can even win a prize by simply…

Morel celebrates 100th anniversary

2019 is a special year for Morel Diffusion as it is the year of their 100th anniversary. In their recently published funny and spontaneous video, they invite you to their customers to celebrate this milestone in November. Enjoy the video where Morel colleagues try to transfer a message in their…

PanAmerican Seed shares 2019 garden trends

Looking forward to 2019, PanAmerican Seed is very excited for all the opportunities the new year offers. Gardening and the green lifestyle are on the move, and the team feels its product assortment is poised to take on the market and make an impact with greenhouses and their customers. by Claire Josephson, Product Marketing…

Benary opens new production site in Chile

Benary has been producing flower seeds in Chile for decades, and at the beginning of November 2018, they opened their new production site in Hijuelas, Chile. The new site was opened in the presence of the main shareholder Klaudia Benary-Redlefsen. "Hijuelas offers the perfect climate for the production of some…

First cut flower hydrangea grower in Brazil chooses HBA range

Brazilian grower Adriano van Rooyen will focus on growing hydrangeas for cut flowers chosen from the Tropical series offered by Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) in De Kwakel. Van Rooyen has been breeding roses in Holambra and Andradas for many years but is taking a new direction by shifting the focus…

Three new companies offer Danziger's varieties as rooted cuttings

Danziger is expanding its North American Rooted Cutting Station network, adding three more companies to the partnership. Devan Greenhouses, Ltd., Wenke/Sunbelt Young Plants…

Haim Rosenblum, Hishtil:

Gaura ‘Summer Star’: compact without PGRs

Natural compact to dwarfish growth habit, range of colors, massive and uniform flowering, these are some of the characteristics on which Hishtil's new Gaura series ‘Summer Star' distinguishes itself from any other Gaura, according to Haim Rosenblum. Rosenblum (Marketing & Sales Division Manager) holding Gaura lind.…

Fleuroselect conference dives into technological breakthroughs and robotisation

Groundbreaking technology and robots for floricultural breeding, that was the essence of the recent Breeders & Young Plant Producers conference that took place on 4-5 December in Wageningen. About 80 breeders, young plant producers and traders participated in this fascinating two-day event, organized…

"Brazilian growers see future ahead for Kalanchoe selections from Perfecta Breeding"

Perfecta Breeding, the cooperative partnership of Lankhaar Nursery in Bleiswijk and breeding company Agriom in De Kwakel, is expanding the growing area in Brazil with new Kalanchoe selections. "Our genetics are supremely suitable for cultivation in South America’’, says Agriom's Jaap Stelder, who visited…

D.H.M.I and Lannes & Fils introduce the Breeder Protector

Breeders ‘put a ring on it’ to protect their plants

"The major difference between this product and license labels is, that it can’t start a life of its own after using it.” The product in question is a little plastic ring named Breeder Protector and is developed by D.H.M.I together with Lannes & Fils. In the category Non-Plant Product of the 2014…

Pot roses take piece of the pie in holiday celebrations

Decorating the table for Christmas and New Year's is becoming increasingly popular and the pot rose seems to take a piece of the pie, explains Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever. Over the years, this Danish breeder has seen the demand for flowers indoors growing. More indoor product "It is more popular than ever. Some years ago, the…

Lorentina McKoy joins Suntory Flowers team

Suntory Flowers welcomes Lorentina McKoy to its North American team. As national sales representative, she is focused on grower relations and product development. Based in Brenham, Texas, Lorentina brings strong propagation, production planning and trialing experience. She has worked for several large…

Carlos Castillo of NIRP Ecuador on new trial location in Cotopaxi

Ecuador: "Now, we can select new varieties with more information"

"We were about to eliminate some of our varieties in our showroom in Cayambe till we saw how they performed at our new location in Cotopaxi", says Carlos Castillo of NIRP Ecuador. For several years, this Italian rose breeder has been testing and showcasing their varieties in Cayambe, at Rosaprima, one of…

Nico Smit, PanAmerican Seed:

"The programmers understand our business"

"It has replaced a series of Excel sheets which were used until recently to monitor the tissue culture processes", says Nico Smit, IT manager of PanAmerican Seed, when talking about software provider ABS Seed.''The system is designed to do seed administration and you can see that the programmers…

UAE: Dubai Municipality received seeds of threatened plants

On 1 October 2018 the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) shared with Dubai Municipality more than 800 seeds of five threatened, indigenous wild plant species from its gene bank. The seed transfer forms part of ICBA’s program on collecting, preserving and transferring plant genetic material to different…

Daniel Kaufman, Danziger:

"Focal Scoop fulfills designers' needs"

"Innovative breeding is our core value, and as such our breeding teams are in a constant effort not only to improve existing varieties but also to introduce new and innovative products", says Daniel Kaufman of Danziger. At the IFTF he tells about their newest cut flower range Focal Scoop. Daniel Kaufman of Danziger…

EverColor brings new distinctions and Carex varieties to its oeuvre

EverColor now has new breeder rights in Japan and a new variety added to the eight already popular with gardeners, growers, and retailers in North America. Recently Pat FitzGerald, the breeder of EverColor from FitzGerald Nurseries in Ireland, received quite an accolade for his receipt of two Japanese Plant Breeders' Rights…

US: "Farm Bill will protect and encourage floriculture innovation"

The $867 billion Farm Bill approved by Congress on Dec. 12 includes an update to the U.S. Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) that will protect and encourage floriculture…

Syngenta Flowers customer trip

Seeing how the cuttings grow in Africa

Africa is home to three of Syngenta Flowers' most important young plant and cuttings farms. So from November 19-24, the company invited 37 of their customers along with 13 employees to visit them. While there, they could network, discover new business opportunities, enjoy typical African hospitality, and…

Colombia: New BallSB R&D facility opens its doors

Situated in Sesquile, an hour's drive from Bogota, the new R&D facility of BallSB is now up and running. This new and larger location was already privately inaugurated in the presence of headquarter staff last September, but is now open to all growers of the world. Showing growers HOW With the aim to show their customers that…

A closer look at the updated PMPL seed format

Many of PanAmerican Seed's genetics are offered in the PMPL (Precision Multi-Pellet) seed format. The video below offers a brief overview of this new seed. From sowing to propagation, the video below shares best practices and recommendations for growers using the PMPL format. For more information PanAmerican Seed www.panamseed.com

Cedi Nsereko, production manager Floritec Uganda

"I give people as much knowledge as possible"

Floritec has posted a video interview with Cedi Nsereko, production manager at their production location XClusive in Uganda. In the video, Cedi talks about the system he works with at the location, with which he can quickly look at where there are problems. "I also make a round in the morning to see what's happening in…

Brandkamp presents 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog

German breeder and propagator Brandkamp just launched its 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog. In this catalog, all kind of Garden mums, pot-chrysanthemums, ajanthemums, cut-chrysanthemums, outdoor cut chrysanthemums and cut flowers seedlings are presented. Click here to view the 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog. Garden Mums Brandkamp was and is…

Cut hydrangea for tropical growing

The hydrangea grows best in the mild climate of the European continent. During the IFTF, however, Kolster presented a series of cut hydrangeas specially bred to grow in tropical temperatures. This generated a lot of visitors from South America, but also from Kenya and Asia. The Magical Temptation is one…

Nostalgic rose types for heated greenhouses

Warm days and cool nights. Those are the perfect conditions for big headed roses. The nostalgic roses of German breeder Rosen Tantau used to grow outside in the open field. But two years ago they came up with several varieties that are specially bred to grow in heated greenhouses. They have a garden type…

New Zealand: Esplanade rose trials yield winning new blooms

The hybrid tea blooms are a glorious pinky-red, growing on long stems with glossy dark green foliage. But what has clinched the Gold Star of the South Pacific annual award for "Ladies Night" is the rose's extreme good health. Tauranga rose breeder Rob Somerfield's win was announced by New Zealand Rose Society trials committee chairman Trevor…

Showing what's growing in Ecuador

Jet Fresh's Mike and Juanita took a tour of De Ruiter’s showroom/testing ground to see the varieties they’re breeding and growing soon at Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. In addition to the visit to De Ruiter, they've also provided an update on various roses growing at the Ecuador greenhouse right now. Read all about it here.


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