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    February 2017

    In this issue, our editors dive into the world of vegetables and flowers, covering everything from plant breeding to consumer demands. You can explore how researchers are unlocking the science of taste and the art of flavor. Or uncover the mysterious world of intellectual property as it relates to lettuce — what you think you know may not be true. On a fun note, discover the history behind the daffodil, the pansy, the rose, and the Brassica as the National Garden Bureau showcases “The Year Of …” plants. Plus, you can learn how seeds and plants influence the brain, providing therapy for those in need. In this issue, you’ll also read about seed treatments’ ability to influence water use efficiency and the challenges beekeepers are up against in maintaining thriving hives. This is a fun one to read.
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    Passion for Produce

    Sean Knapp, Syngenta’s head of Vegetable Seeds for North America, lives and breathes the world of produce — but don’t ask him to play favorites. Seed World: What are you...

    Love of Vegetables

    PanAmerican Seed’s vegetable crop director Ellen Leue chats about her career choices, why she loves to eat peppers, and what she’s got lined up on her Netflix queue these...

    Since 1915: Looking back to 1966

    A Moment in Time  This issue featured an exciting new watermelon variety, Jubilee, and previewed the mid-winter meeting of the American Seed Trade Association, which it noted had “become largely...

    Opposition in All Things

    “One ship drives east and another drives west With the selfsame winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sails, And Not the gales, That tell us the way to go.” This is an...

    Improving Water Use Efficiency

    Seed treatment experts examine the relationship between seed-applied technologies and plants’ ability to access and use water already in the soil profile. We discovered that in the end, it...

    Seeds, Plants and the Brain

    Each day, we discover more about the therapeutic value of plants. Here’s a look at some of the ways they’re being used to help us heal. Chicago’s Julie and Michael...

    Creating Cucumbers

    Scott Williams is cucurbit and leafy global breeding lead for Monsanto Vegetable Seeds. We get his take on all things vegetable-related, including the one he’d rather not have on...

    Agronomics and Aesthetics Drive Development

    When it comes to the latest innovations in vegetable seed varieties, seed companies and breeders keep locale and consumer demands in mind. Issues and concerns such as information, consistency, labor...
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    Open Innovation Drives Progress in Plant Breeding

    Developing solutions for big issues — like delivering on the 21st century food production challenge — requires innovation and new ways of thinking. Take, for example, soybean breeding. The industry’s...

    Researchers Work to Help Hives Thrive

    With every dollar spent on better understanding the needs of pollinators, new solutions are being developed. When examining vegetable and citrus production and the role pollinators play, two states automatically...

    Scaling Up is the Challenge

    Nestled up in the northwest corner of Ghana, is an entrepreneurial group of female farmers keen on gaining skills, generating revenue and reputations as Quality Seed producers. Several kilometers...

    Vegetables with More Value

    Companies see great potential in gene editing technology. “Coming to a produce aisle, farmers market or dinner table near you!” When might this tagline ring true for the next generation...
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    What Exactly Are Seed Treatments Worth?: A Seed World Strategy Webinar & Podcast

    Even though corn and soybean prices are up slightly, many farmers will operate at or below breakeven costs for 2017. This means understanding the growers’ needs and the value...

    Year of the Brassica

    Origin: Western Europe, Mediterranean and temperate regions of Asia Family: Brassica Genus: Brassicaceae Includes: Bok choy, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, Collards, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Kale, Kohlrabi, Radish, Rutabagas, Turnips Fun Fact: The Chinese philosopher Confucius, before dying in 479 B.C., wrote more than 300 songs...

    Year of the Rose

    Origin: China Family: Rosaceae Genus: Rosa Uses: Fragrance, fresh flowers and floral, and gardens Common Classes: Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Miniature, Climbing, Landscape Fun Facts: As the U.S. National Flower, there are more than 150 rose species. It takes 10,000 pounds of...

    Year of the Pansy

    Origin: United Kingdom and Europe Family: Violaceae Genus: Viola Uses: An annual bedding plant, pansies are used for garden decoration in cooler growing seasons. Categories: Large (3-4 inches), Medium (2-3 inches), Multiflora (1-2 inches), Trailing Fun Facts: Pansies are edible...