Breeding

Danziger founders receive Lifetime Achievement Award

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Zehava and Ernest Danziger, founders of 'Danziger Dan Flower Farm', at the Israeli Agricultural Committee in Jerusalem. Zehava and Ernest established Danziger more than 65 years ago. At that time, they could not have imagined that in 2019 their farm would…

Evanthia, Pieter Staalduinen

The brassica seed's journey

Each seed is unique and, as a grower to be able to deliver a uniform product, good sorting is paramount. At Evanthia, not a single seed leaves without being cleaned, tested, weighed by seed size, fractionated and, if desired, treated with an antifungal coating. Seed Technology Manager Mark van der Lugt and Product & Account…

The US PVP: Germplasm deposits are delayed for three years

USDA has announced the publication of the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Regulations final rule in the U.S. Federal Register on January 6, 2020. The final rule implements the 2018 Farm Bill amendment to add PVP protection for asexually reproduced plants. Effective immediately, PVPO accepts applications…

Genetic marking discovery could ease plant breeders’ work

Plant breeders are always striving to develop new varieties that satisfy growers, producers and consumers. To do this, breeders use genetic markers to bring desirable traits from wild species into their cultivated cousins. Transferring those markers across species has been difficult at best, but a team…

Sweet Home Roses ready to conquer the garden rose market

Norway as a springboard to the world

A long (hi)story that is actually quite short and certainly far from its end. It is the story of the garden roses named Sweet Home Roses of Roses Forever. Breeder Rosa Eskelund started to breed this variety around 15 years ago and showed the first flowers in 2012 at the IPM Essen. In 2014, she put the…

Select Breeding debuts at IPM

In 2009, Select Breeding started a special cross-breeding program to develop Floribunda roses for use on the patio and in the garden, that can be grown in the unheated greenhouse and in plastic tunnels. The first varieties have been on the market since 2014, and since then the range has been expanded and optimized annually. There…

Uncovering the genetic roots of seed response to cold

Timing is everything for seeds. Lying beneath the soil, they wait for the perfect moment to emerge, taking cues from the environment above. Germinate when it’s too hot and dry, and the seeds run the risk of death. Germinate and it’s too cold, and the outcome is much the same. The researchers exposed the…

UK: Defra to take pragmatic 'stepped approach' to new Plant Health Regulation

Following extensive engagement from across industry, including from the NFU, its members and other stakeholders, Defra have confirmed that they will be taking a ‘stepped approach’ towards implementation of the new Plant Health Regulation, including the requirements around plant passports. In implementing…

CIOPORA Breeders' Guide to Brexit

According to the new Withdrawal Agreement, the UK is due to leave the EU by January 31, 2020 the latest. An early departure may be possible, if both the UK and EU parliaments…

United Selections holds open day in Nakuru, Kenya

Last week United Selections held their first open day of the year in Nakuru, Kenya. The theme of the day was “breeding a colourful future sustainably.” The event was well attended by Kenyan flower growers, suppliers and other stakeholders in the flower industry. The breeder took the opportunity to highlight…

Queen Genetics on their new crop Queen Romantic Roses

Breeding for more sustainable plants

In today's industry, waste is a big issue. Increasingly more companies are looking for more sustainable solutions. In plants, longevity plays an important role and reducing waste has therefore become one of the main goals for breeders. Also for Danish breeder Queen Genetics. They have more than 50 years…

Brandkamp grabs a bigger piece of the hydrangea pie

Last year, Brandkamp expanded their portfolio with hydrangeas by taking over their neighboring hydrangea breeder and propagator Wilkes Jungpflanzen Kulturen. In just one year, a lot has happened and much is in the pipeline: they introduced new varieties, had to expand the mother stock to meet the demand,…

The complete chloroplast genome of the Lonicera maackii

Lonicera maackii is scattered in west and northeast China as well as adjacent Korea, Japan and Russia. Scientists have assembled and characterized the complete chloroplast (cp) genome of L. maackii using Illumina sequencing data for the first time. The complete cp genome was 155,337 bp in length,…

Milena Weller of Selecta one on new poinsettia SkyStar:

"Customers are looking for something new with a storytelling"

"This is what the consumers want – something new with a storytelling", says Milena Weller of Selecta one when talking about their new poinsettia variety SkyStar. Not just another color variety SkyStar is Selecta one's latest poinsettia variety added to their assortment. According to Weller, it is not just…

Syngenta puts spotlight on partnerships and seasonal products

Syngenta Flowers is putting the spotlight on products for the winter selling season and will launch a totally new product that will give an explosion of colour in the summer. The breeder is working on products and techniques with partners around the globe.  Syngenta Flowers is constantly on the lookout for…

Ball becomes a Masterflorist partner

Ball, flower breeder and vegetative material producer, announced today that they became a Masterflorist partner and support the initiatives in the industry to better serve the needs of florists and consumers. "Ball has a long history of supporting local florists and believe they play a very important…

(R)evolution in plant breeding: new options for better photosynthesis

It seems so logical: each plant carries chloroplasts that contribute to the optimum growth and development of the plant. At least that is what has always been assumed. However, this has turned out to be false, as demonstrated by researchers at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in a scientific…

Christopher Makomere of United Selections explains:

Madam’s Family Roses – What makes them awesome?

What really makes a rose variety great? Everyone definitely has a different answer to this question depending on the individual’s personal preferences. "But regardless of this fact there are universal characteristics that distinguishes a mediocre variety to a strong one", explains Christopher Makomere of…

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property

The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed. Intellectual…

Less flamboyant flowers are more resilient to climate chaos

Plants with smaller, simpler flowers are more resilient to the impacts of climate breakdown than those with more flamboyant, showy flowers, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Sheffield and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) investigated how different Primula species and…

Scientists develop CRISPR-based tissue-specific knockout system

Knocking out genes is a great way to learn what they do. After all, if you prevent a gene from doing its job and you notice changes, it’s very likely the gene has something to do with it. There is a caveat, though. Mutations in genes that are required for basic cellular functions and/or reproduction…

Rosa Eskelund, Roses Forever:

"The pot rose is not just a pot plant but a rose"

"The pot rose is not just a pot plant but a rose", says Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever. Rose breeding is her passion and since the establishment of Roses Forever, they - next to creating a large flowered product - carry the philosophy easy to grow, short culture time, and grown close to the customer.…

Atlas of Native Orchids in China published

The Atlas of Native Orchids in China (edited by Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping) has been officially published and released on December 23.   With two volumes, the book is a definitive illustrated work on Chinese native orchids. It introduces a total of 157 genera, 1026 species and 4 new records of Chinese wild…

PanAmerican Seed on their new series Zesty

"An exciting, new series of Zinnia elegans with extraordinary garden appeal"

The all-new Zinnia Zesty series from PanAmerican Seed is available in five colours and a mixture. It features fully double flowers and excellent garden vigour. With both a plant height and spread of 45-60 cm, this series displays huge, vibrant colours all season long. Zinnia Zesty is impressive in containers…

Aviram Krell, Plantec Ecuador on 'Fortune'

"A new red rose that fits the bill"

"Red roses are stereotypically associated with love, especially around Valentines, but historically even as far back as ancient Greek and Roman mythology, red has always been the color of intense emotions", explains Aviram Krell of Plantec Ecuador. "Whenever someone needs good Fortune, whether it is a…

Chuck Pavlich Terra Nova Nurseries reviews 2019

"Continued growth and a sharper demand for “just-in-time” product"

“2019 was a great year. Many varieties of ours triumphed at trials coast-to-coast in the United States.” Looking back, Chuck Pavlich, director of new product development at Terra Nova Nurseries, is pleased with the performance of the company in 2019.  "This year, we became a partner of ThinkPlants, a marketing…

EU General Court clarifies scope of protection for plant variety denominations

The question of whether plant variety denominations can be protected under Article 7(1)(m) of the European Trade Mark Regulation was addressed by the EU General Court for the first time in the dispute over ‘Kordes’ Rose Monique’. Louise van de Mortel sets out the ruling.  The European Trade Mark Regulation…

Kordes Roses joins WFRS Breeders' Club

The latest member of the World Federation of Rose Societies Breeders’ Club is Kordes Roses. The breeder's rose varieties are introduced by agents and general licensees in over 30 countries and in many parts of the world. Kordes’ market share is very high. Roses from Kordes can be found in many private…

Super Serie success in Benchmark Cyclamen

Every year Glastuinbouw Nederland organizes the Cyclamen Benchmark with breeders of Cyclamen. The benchmark is a shelf life competition and is carried out by Royal FloraHolland. Growers can submit plants for 3 categories: mini, midi and large-flowered. For each entry, a batch of 6 plants is supplied,…

The great Mukono clean-up

Royal Van Zanten colleagues from the farm in Mukono have committed themselves to the community by collecting litter. On the photos below you can see the access road to Mukono. There are two small villages along the road and in particular the villages do not know what to do with all that waste. Unfortunately, it keeps roaming…

What will be Zuurbier's Next Top Variety?

"It's one of the most difficult questions in our industry: what will you plant?" That applies particularly to rose growers, and with Rosaline Zuurbier and colleagues facing that question again, the company decided to host a comparison trial. A dozen breeders sent in varieties in a range of colors, so…

Propagating rare native orchids one tiny seed at a time

Dedicated ecologist, Julie Radford, has worked for the last 12 years to propagate rare native orchids to help bring them back from extinction. Last year she decided to ramp-up her efforts. Ms Radford spent $30,000 setting-up a home laboratory, which allowed her to propagate and pot over 800 rare…

Pleasing peppers for garden and plate

John Stommel is a plant geneticist, but he should probably be known as Professor Pepper. Stommel has devoted much of his 30-year career at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to breeding and releasing unique pepper varieties for both the kitchen and the garden. One of his latest achievements is a series of…

United Selections:

"Our spray assortment keeps growing"

In June 2018, United Selections unveiled a new product line of spray roses. They introduced three categories of sprays, namely: Classic Selections, Blossom Selections, and Magical Selections. Exactly one and a half years down the line and the company's spray assortment has grown remarkably. They have…

New type of Hydrangea from Proven Winners Japan

Luxrangea 'Bridal Shower' won Japan Flower of The Year 2019-2020.

New hybrid hydrangea, LuxrangeaTM Bridal Shower won Japan Flower of the year 2019-2020. Japan Flower Selections (JFS) is the name of a Japanese new breed flower competition, held several times a year in Japan. It is organized by the Japan Flower Selections Association. JFS evaluates new breeds of flowers…

Ball Australia looks back on positive Growers Trials 2019

Ball Australia have just finished hosting their Grower Trials for 2019, held in week 49, at their state-of-the-art premise in Skye, Victoria. The company has been hosting these Grower Trials for over 20 years, building awareness and industry collaboration to show the Australian grower network successful…

CIOPORA at CPVO EOM 2019: Distinct or Just Different?

CIOPORA Secretary General Dr Edgar Krieger participated in the CPVO Meeting of Examination offices (EOM) contributing a presentation on the issue of variety distinctness. In CIOPORA's opinion, the EU Regulation 2100/94 (CPVR), discriminates two different degrees of "difference" between plant varieties: 1.…

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora

Color is everything for rose that goes against the grain

"A new variety like this one brings back a smile on a grower's face in these challenging times", says Sachin Appachu of Bliss Flora Ltd. After 3 years of trialing this new dark orange colored variety with a special touch from French breeder Meilland. This variety Fiorella was recently introduced…

Seminar video: Woody plant ornamental breeding

If you missed the recent Cornell University Horticulture Section seminar, Woody plant ornamental breeding, with Todd West, North Dakota State University, it is available online.

Rinehart Poinsettias by Danziger available for 2020 season

Danziger announces NA partnership with Rinehart Poinsettias

Danziger announces a new partnership with Rinehart Poinsettias. The two companies are joining forces to bring “Rinehart Poinsettias by Danziger” to the North American market. Seven varieties, including five reds and two clean whites, will be available for the 2020 season, with additional introductions…

Creating added value through breeding

In the 1970s, every week Patty Schoneveld went by truck to his customers. The plants with the best flowering richness were often the fastest sold. Patty understood the needs of the market and started selecting the best plants in advance. With this in mind, they started breeding. In 1992 this process resulted…

Leading the lavender revolution

2020 has been dubbed The Year of the Lavender by The National Garden Bureau. This fine organization designates several ornamentals and vegetables as “Year of” plants to draw attention to their importance and usefulness to consumers. Putting focus on Lavender is particularly significant to me because I’ve been involved with…

Capella petunia series stealing the show

Israel: A visit to Danziger's NovemberFest 2019

With over 800 varieties on display, Danziger's NovemberFest 2019 has come to an end. More than 100 guests from all over the world visited their R&D location in Mishmar HaShiv'a, Israel during this month-long event. NovemberFest is about meeting Danziger’s experts and industry leaders together to discuss…

How flowers adapt to their pollinators

The first flowering plants originated more than 140 million years ago in the early Cretaceous. They are the most diverse plant group on Earth with more than 300,000 species. In a new study in Communications Biology, evolutionary biologists around Agnes Dellinger and Jürg Schönenberger from the University…

Syngenta Flowers

Spotlight on partnerships and seasonal products

Syngenta Flowers is putting the spotlight on the best products for the winter selling season and will launch a totally new product that will give an explosion of colour in the summer. The breeder is working on innovative products and techniques with partners around the globe. Syngenta Flowers is…

Philippines: A new project set up to breed Alocasia through mutation breeding

Alocasia is one of the most interesting groups of aroids valuable to the Philippines ornamental industry. Of the 15 known species in the country, at least eight species are actively traded. Unfortunately, the diversity of some of these species is threatened, or worse, endangered. In a bid to protect and…

shipping from all three Selecta One production farms

Lazzeri Poinsettias now shipping from Selecta One

Selecta One proudly announces it will produce key poinsettia genetics from Italian breeder and young plant supplier Lazzeri Società Agricola S.R.L. Beginning in 2020, and shipping from all three Selecta One production farms, are two whites (Alpina and Alaska) as well as one novelty (Superba New Glitter).…

GardenChoice: Born from 4 horticulture industry leaders

US: How a cup of coffee can lead to a new company

It all began with a cup of coffee at the California Spring Trials in 2015. Jim Eason (EHR), Ko Klaver (BTC), Arjen Vriend (PG), and Rick Grazzini (G2) met and each had a business need that the other independent companies could meet, with a goal of working together more effectively to improve the products…

Transgenic expression of Hyp-1 gene alters expression of defense-related genes

Hypericum perforatum L. is a reservoir of high-value secondary metabolites of increasing interest to researchers and to the pharmaceutical industry. However, improving their production via genetic manipulation is a challenging task, as H. perforatum is recalcitrant to Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated…

Technical examination of plant varieties applying for CPVR

In cooperation with the European IP Helpdesk, the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) organised two webinars explaining the process and requirements for technical examinations (DUS tests) of plant varieties applying for Community Plant Variety Rights. This webinar (Part I) is presented by Anne Weitz,…

CIOPORA on a PBR mission in Mexico

In anticipation of the PBR Law review by Mexico and its potential accession to the UPOV 1991 Act, CIOPORA legal counsel Micaela Filippo visited the country to raise awareness…

Virgin Farms visit De Ruiter Ecuador

"Combining science and nature to create fascinating roses"

In a breeder’s lab, a team of specialists is constantly researching and making new developments to create new and improved varieties of roses to keep surprising the world with unique flowers. Virgin Farms had the chance to visit the De Ruiter company, located in Tabacundo, Ecuador, a region that thanks…

Bringing back extinct plants to life

Carlos Magdalena lives and breathes plants. He’s obsessed with them. But he also understands why many people aren’t. “Plants are not as obvious as animals,” he tells Mongabay. “You see an animal and it’s very easy for you to feel empathy for the animal because you’re an animal too. But you cannot see a…

Magic Stars event shows main and upcoming varieties

Danish trader FloriPartner opened its doors for the Magic Stars event of German breeder Selecta one on November 12 and 13. During the event and the two weeks after, they welcomed around 80 visitors from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany. Very important for FloriPartner and their visitors is…

Azerca award for German breeder of winter-hardy heather

Kurt Kramer, the German breeder for winter-hardy heather species like Calluna vulgaris, Erica x darleyensis, Erica carnea and Daboecia cantabrica, received on November 17, 2019 in Potsdam the highest honour from the AZERCA, the German Growers Association for producers of Azaleas, Calluna and Erica. Kurt…

Sandra Medina, Natura Breeders, on their new line named Thrill:

Shaking up the carnation palette with new colors

When one thinks of carnations, reds, whites, pinks and yellows as main colors, pop into your mind. However, in a world where everyone is looking for something new, Colombian carnation breeding company Natura Breeders took the leap and started to investigate different colors suitable for modern…

Feeding the growing appetite for new ‘garden look’ roses

Growers are more and more spreading their risks, not only regarding the markets they supply to, but also regarding their assortment. This opens up opportunities for new varieties to enter the market and new trends to arise. In roses, for example, one that looks like it was just picked in the garden is…

New Zealand: Tauranga rose breeder wins sixth Pacific Rose Bowl

New Zealand rose breeder and grower Rob Somerfield has again cleaned up at the New Zealand Rose of the Year awards, winning the Pacific Rose Bowl for the sixth time and claiming most of the other top 2019 awards. The Pacific Rose Bowl for the New Zealand Rose of the Year Trial winner went to his new rose…

Chinese delegation visits Dümmen Orange in De Lier

This week a Chinese delegation led by Mr. Ji Bingxuan, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), visited the Netherlands. Dümmen Orange's board members Biense Visser and Hans van den Heuvel and Breeding Manager Chunting Lang welcomed Mr. Ji Bingxuan, his delegation…

Fulfilling the demand for filled chrysanthemums

The demand for cut flower chrysanthemums is increasing year by year and particularly the filled varieties. Also, German breeder and propagator Brandkamp sees selling numbers increasing and therefore, decided to set their breeding more and more on these variety types. At the IFTF, that took place earlier…

Open days from November 22-23 in Sabaudia

Italy: Lazzeri opens doors of their 10ha nursery

From November 22-23, Italian breeder and young plant supplier Lazzeri will open its doors of its 10ha greenhouse in Sabaudia (LT), Italy. During the open days, they will present their complete series of poinsettias including future varieties, a new series of interspecific pelargonium and a new series of…

Exploring floral evolution in Pelargonium

For flowering plants, there are multiple drivers of shape change that effect the process of speciation. In the background, species are constrained by their phylogenetic history, i.e. evolutionary changes that were advantageous to their ancestors, might turn out to no longer be beneficial. At the same…

What's in a (plant) name?

Plant taxonomy is the science that finds, identifies, describes, classifies, and names plants. Evolutionary biologist Professor Stephen Hopper considers every plant name to represent a hypothesis on plant relationships. This hypothesis is tested every time someone tries to identify a plant, which makes the field of scientific…

Mr. Plant Geek visits Danziger’s NovemberFest

Michael Perry, a.k.a. Mr. Plant Geek, joins growers, young plant producers, retailers and brokers, during Danziger’s flagship event, NovemberFest. Throughout this month-long event, Danziger is presenting more than 1000 flowering pots, 500 varieties, 50 different crops and 60 flower series. NovemberFest…

Aster buyers get red carpet treatment

The Showmakers group held a major promotion among the aster buyers this year in the run-up to the aster season. The biggest buyers of the asters from Showmakers were able to win a Hollywood package. This includes a star on the ‘Walk of Fame’ during the Trade Fair, cinema tickets and a beautiful glass…

HandPicked Vegetables

New microsite targets vegetable growers and fresh market farmers

PanAmerican Seed announces the launch of a new micro-website devoted to its HandPicked Vegetables -- a collection of high-quality vegetables and herbs bred especially for those who supply fresh market farmers and home gardeners. The new handpickedveg.com offers product information and resources to meet…

Photo report of the festive day

Morel celebrates 100th anniversary by opening new greenhouse

Morel is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and yesterday, they celebrated this centennial of breeding and selecting big by opening their new trials facility in Frejus, France. In the attendance of over 200 customers, growers and friends (out of 19 countries), owners Guy, Paul-Henri and Olivier…

HilverdaFlorist partners with American Takii for CAST 2020

HilverdaFlorist will present as one company during California Spring Trials in March 2020 on the location of American Takii in Salinas California. Florist Holland has presented itself at Grolink Plants in Oxnard for the past years. During this period Florist Holland has made itself visible as the gerbera…

Dümmen Orange announces Vitamum

New garden mum brand promises "vitality, innovation, and perfection"

Vitality, innovation, and perfection – these are the top traits that Dümmen Orange breeders and product managers had in mind while developing the new Vitamum garden mum brand, now available for the 2020 retail season. The Vitamum brand of garden mums features a refined assortment, new mutation-bred families,…

Horticulture professor names new white rose after comfort women

Han Tae-ho, a professor of horticulture and bioengineering at Chonnam National University, recently dedicated a new variety of rose titled “Sonyeo” (“Girl”) to the “comfort women” drafted as sexual slaves to the Japanese military.  “This newly bred white rose was similar to the lives of those women,” said…

"Rose breeder David Austin left £18.4million in his will"

Roses king David Austin — who created 200 varieties — left £18.4million in his will, The Scottish Sun reports. David died aged 92 last December - after becoming world famous for his roses. Austin left his estate to daughter Claire, who owns her own plant nursery, son David, who works in the family…

Could a gene bank save endangered plants from extinction?

It was 2013, and botanist Seana Walsh had a pollen problem. She was working at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua’i, trying to breed a severely endangered Hawaiian plant. Brighamia insignis is known as the ‘ōlulu in Hawaiian; in English, it’s jokingly called “cabbage on a stick.” But when…

Egypt accedes to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

Egypt deposited its instrument of accession to the UPOV Convention on November 1, 2019, and will become the seventy-sixth member of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) on December 1, 2019. The purpose of UPOV is to provide and promote an effective system of plant…

The 'Lotz of Roses' brand completely reimagined

The brand Lotz of Roses has been completely reimagined in collaboration with rose breeder De Ruiter. The new product line offers a spectrum of intense colors, with a minimum of ten flower buds per plant, and is available at Plant nursery Valstar year-round. From February until October, the five-hectare garden…

Roses Forever going large in 2020

Roses Forever has a series for all pot sizes – from tiny 6 cm pots up to the largest pot sizes. Many of the new varieties, which will be available from spring 2020, are specially developed for larger pots and a longer culture. The production of rose varieties in larger pots fits both nurseries that…

Florigene introduces new blue carnation variety in Europe, holds seminars in Russia

Blue genes fit the global market like a glove

A blue carnation does not occur normally in nature. To get them blue, genetic modification is needed. By using this technique, breeding company Suntory Flowers created a collection of blue carnations, including seven big carnations and four minis. According to Cory Sanchez of Florigene Flowers, there is…

Iconic and relevant: how the orchid keeps reinventing itself

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

Rosa ApS debuts at FloraHolland Trade Fair

Roses Forever will be traveling to the Netherlands with a double amount of roses next week. For the first time, they will attend two trade shows at the same time. At the International Flower Trade Fair IFTF, they will show their best selling products and novelties, as they used to do, while at the Flora…

Selecta One

Chrysanthemum catalogue showcases colorful autumn blooms

Many different colours and numerous flowers make Chrysanthemums popular colourful flowering autumn plants. Selecta One presents their new catalogue with their complete Chrysanthemum assortment for your planning 2020. You will find the appropriate variety concerning colour, flowering time, growth habit…


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