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First genome edited poinsettias: using CRISPR/Cas9 results in a color shift

The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a remarkably promising tool for targeted gene mutagenesis, and becoming ever more popular for modification of ornamental plants. In this study researchers performed the knockout of flavonoid 3 ′ -hydroxylase ( F3 ′ H ) with application of CRISPR/Cas9 in the red flowering…

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New chrysanthemum series gains royal attention at Chelsea flower show

A new British-bred Chrysanthemum series, 'Poppins', marked for the ease with which it can be grown by professionals and amateurs, was the center of attention on The Sun exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show this week. Its many admirers included His Royal Highness Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex.…

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The start and development of a new software at de Ruiter Innovations

De Ruiter Innovations is breeding cut and pot roses. Nowadays, spray roses, patio and landscape roses, cut and pot hypericum, hip roses, anigozathos, and hydrangeas are in their portfolio. They have their own branches in the Netherlands, Kenya, Ecuador, China, and Colombia. Hans de Ruiter is a breeder…

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The Mornington Peninsula farming couple putting seeds in the spotlight

You can buy flower and vegetable seeds everywhere, from supermarkets to hardware shops, but that doesn’t mean all seeds are equal. Some seeds are more resilient than others. Robin Koster-Carlyon and Peter Carlyon of Transition Farm on the Mornington Peninsula go so far as to say “the hard-bodied memory…

Altman Plants announces national retail availability of True Bloom roses collection

Altman Plants, a breeder and grower of garden roses, today announced the robust and nationwide availability of its popular, retail-ready True Bloom™ Roses collection, featuring five rose varieties. The high-quality plant material is collectively grown by Altman Plants, along with the company’s expanding…

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Multi-tissue transcriptome analysis of two Begonia species

Begonia is an important horticultural plant group, as well as one of the most speciose Angiosperm genera, with over 2000 described species. Genus-wide studies of genome size have shown that Begonia has a highly variable genome size, and analysis of paralog pairs has previously suggested that Begonia…

United Selections set to represent WAC breeding in Africa and Europe

In their pursuit to bring more colors and to contribute immensely to the development of a robust floral supply chain, United Selections’ recent partnership with WAC breeding goes a long way in contributing to this cause. WAC breeding is famously known for Catch the Bi-colored rose, and the Robins and…

Research advances in and prospects of ornamental plant genomics

The term ‘ornamental plant’ refers to all plants with ornamental value, which generally have beautiful flowers or special plant architectures. China is rich in ornamental…

Sam McCoy, Dig Plant Company

The evolution of introducing new varieties

“I’m not sure there was even an accepted term for what we did when I started, and many nurseries didn’t really know what to make of us. We weren’t growers and we weren’t a breeding company. So what were we then? There were a few of what we now call ‘independent breeder agents’, or plant licensing…

Colombian scientist aims to unlock genetic secrets of how orchids bloom

Colombian biologist Yesenia Madrigal Bedoya explores the genes and conditions that make orchids flower — and finding answers could help create new sustainable cut-flower markets and protect the species being over-harvested in the wild. Madrigal, a PhD candidate student at University of Antioquia in…

The extraordinary tale of the ‘Princess of Theo’

One day Theo Kuijpers, a GP and plant lover, discovered a new seedling. Its beauty struck him so much; he named it after his granddaughter, Eveline. The Lagerstroemeria Eveline is now part of the 'Princess of Theo' series. Belgian grower Geert Devriese cultivates it. The Lagerstroemeria Eveline has,…

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Historical great contributions to Canadian rose breeding

The great advances in hardy rose breeding would not have been possible without the generous sharing of experience and plant material of our early prairie enthusiasts, writes Bernadette Vangool in The Star Phoenix.  Among these plant breeders was Edmonton’s Robert Simonet, whose rose seedlings were instrumental…

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China enhances the protection of plant variety rights

A new judicial interpretation issued by China’s Supreme Court took effect on 7 July 2021. The interpretation clarifies the application of the law in disputes over the infringement of plant variety rights (PVRs). China’s PVR legislation is still at a relatively preliminary stage, but China accounts for…

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Abundance of growth opportunities in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europeans like flowers, but as far as production is concerned, there has never been a Naivasha, Bogota or Westland in the region. Nevertheless, there are growers in every country, and they are increasing in number and size. "After yet another expansion or investment, I have often thought this or…

Lazzeri presents new videos of the "Collection Spring-Summer 2022"

In view of the current situation, which is not conducive to meetings, Lazzeri would like to present their new videos of the "Collection Spring-Summer 2022", which were partly made in the greenhouse and partly outdoors. "You will have the opportunity to see the varieties almost live and listen to the…

US: Proposal to exempt plants with additional genetic modifications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting feedback on a proposal to add three modifications that plants…

Mogens Nyegaard Olesen, Poulsen Roser A/S, breeder of roses and clematis

How breeders respond to the many developments in rose and clematis demand

From ‘instant gardening’ to heavily perfumed roses, there have been many developments happening in the demand for roses and clematis, according to Mogens Nyegaard Olesen, Chief Plant Breeder & Managing Director at Poulsen Roser A/S, a Danish breeder of roses and clematis. In this article, Olesen shares…

Evanthia x Celosia: "from seed to success"

Dutch flower breeder Evanthia explains more about the breeding of their Celosia varieties in this video.  For more information:Evanthia Seeds & Plants+31 174-715100sales@evanthia.nlwww.evanthia.nl/en

NL: Piet Maas retires after 45 years at De Ruiter

After working with roses for more than half a century and 45 years of service at Royal de Ruiter, Piet Maas retired yesterday. He started at the age of twelve, picking roses at a grower for 50 cents an hour ('60 cents if you did it properly'), he graduated as a rose expert, and for many years, he has…

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Colombia: 250+ Deliflor varieties at Delishow 2021

Every year in week 35, Deliflor Latin America is organizing their Delishow and every year they have a different theme. This year, the theme is Hollywood, or better say:…

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US (NC): training students for growing jobs in plant science

A new training program at Durham Technical Community College will prepare students for good-paying entry-level jobs in North Carolina’s growing agricultural biotechnology industry beginning this fall. Students can get BioAg PRO training in commercial greenhouses.“This new training opportunity builds on…

Attracting the best PhD students for solid plant breeding research

Working in labs and fields across Florida, a new generation of students will start earning a Ph.D. in plant breeding from the University of Florida – the first program of its kind in Florida and one of a few in the nation. “The new Ph.D. program is important because it will help attract the best…

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Study on biological significance of regulating iron loading during seed development

Iron (Fe) storage in plant seeds is not only necessary for seedling establishment following germination, but also a major source of dietary Fe for human and animal life. Mother plants transport iron into seeds for storage during the fruit-bearing process. However, an excessive amount of iron is toxic to…

Rick Kroon new Commercial Director of Van Zanten Breeding

Rick Kroon (55) will join Van Zanten Breeding as Commercial Director in September 2021. His role will be to further roll out and reinforce the ambitious commercial strategy that the company has introduced.  Kroon spent the past 15 years at Anthura, where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide sales…

Deliflor Latin America certified Carbono Neutro (Carbon Neutral) by Icontec

"Proud to be the first company in the Colombian floriculture industry with this certification"

On July 11, Deliflor Latin America has been certified Carbono Neutro (Carbon Neutral) by Icontec. "We are very proud to be the first company in the floriculture industry of Colombia with this certification", says Deliflor's David Marin Jaramillo.   At Deliflor Latin America they have a greater purpose, going beyond delivering…

Vineland welcomes inaugural members in new urban greening innovation initiative

A new public-private research consortium to address common urban landscape challenges is now open for membership. Landscape Ontario, the province’s horticultural trades…

A new rose for the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture of the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade, PhenoGeno Roses baptized a new rose variety by the name of "Milka".This beautiful variety of pink colors is named in honor of prof. Ph.D. Milka Glavendekić, a…

The Nevada Fern journey

Every spring, millions of Nevada Fern 'babies' are planted and sold in the US - 200 million over the last years. The plant is discovered by accident by John Bijl, director/owner of Vitroplus, and it is partly this invention that has contributed to the enormous growth of the company from Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands, in…

Colombia: New Ambassador visits Royal Van Zanten

Yesterday, the new ambassador, Mr. Noorman of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands was visiting Medellin area where he met over lunch with several Chrysanthemum growers and breeders. The aim of his visit was to get to know the floriculture sector and the (Dutch) companies that are active in this…

Alex Schoemaker's Living Creations Test Centre open this summer

NL: A look into the world of the Hydrangea paniculata

Take a look into the world of the Hydrangea paniculata. During a visit to the Test Centre & Showgarden of Alex Schoemaker in Boskoop the Hydrangea paniculata's from the Living Creations Collection are selected and presented in a unique way. The Test Centre & the Showgarden can be visited by appointment…

Anthura news: building updates and new catalogue

Since the beginning of this year, work has been done on the new parking lot of Anthura, with a lot of attention being paid to the plants: the long strips of flowering plants and the new trees provide a green appearance and the variety of plants contributes to the local biodiversity. In the autumn of…

Ball’s impressions of WF&FSA’s 2021 Floral Distribution Conference

WF&FSA Distribution Conference took place last month at the beautiful Doral Resort in Miami Florida, gathering hundreds of the floral industry players. who displayed and networked over 2 days. Ball was also present at the conference showcasing the newest products at the table tops section and decorating…

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US: Texas grocer to offer limited run of AgriLife Research-bred hibiscus

Rarely are Texas Plains gardeners able to purchase flowers bred specifically for their region. But in July, the United Family chain of stores will offer winter-hardy hibiscus plants bred by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental breeding program in Vernon. The United Family has stores from…

Review Selecta Holland Open Days 2021

Week 24 is normally marked in everybody’s calendar as the week of the FlowerTrials. But as this year’s FlowerTrials took place online, Selecta still wanted to give their clients the opportunity to see their assortment live. That is why Selecta Holland organized Open Days form the 15th until the 18th of…

Mexico takes steps to better protect plant breeders' rights

On May 20 and 21, the Mexican SNICS (the National Service for Inspection and Certification of Seeds), in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy in Mexico, organized a virtual forum entitled "Enforcement of Plant Breeder's Rights of Ornamental Plant Varieties in Mexico." During the forum, SNICS presented an…

Partnership to boost development:

"Increasing demand for natural solutions in seed disinfection"

PETKUS-Selecta, the company for total solutions in fine seeds and VitalFluid, active in plasma applications have joint forces with signing a key-partner agreement. This cooperation will boost the development of biological disinfection solutions for flower and vegetable seeds. VitalFluid has developed…


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