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    February 2018

    In our annual flower and vegetable issue, Seed World speaks to four vegetable farmers about their work and the challenges they face. We provide an update on the latest information in regards to sweet pepper breeding for yield, resistance and what’s on the horizon. As Valentines Day approaches, take a peak into the world of chocolate and how public and private entities work together to improve the production of cacao. And on the cover is Phyllis Himmel, who is leading the Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain Identification (CPPSI) to harmonize global plant pathogen identification. We hope you love our February issue.

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    Year of the Calibrachoa

    Origin: Brazil and other Latin America locations Family: Solanaceae Genus: Calibrachoa Uses: With small petunia-like flowers, Calibrachoa is best displayed in hanging baskets and pots for container gardening. They are also good...
    NIFA

    NIFA Lays Out Vision for Future Plant Breeding

    Technology will be key to improving crops more quickly to feed a growing world. It’s no secret that a rapidly growing population that may reach nearly 10 billion people by...
    seaborn

    Meet Judy Seaborn of Botanical Interests: Her Labor of Love

    With a lifetime love of gardening, this Colorado transplant and co-owner of a company that offers both organic and conventionally produced seed, is living the life she has always...

    New Colors, New Shapes, New Tastes

    Updates on sweet pepper breeding for yield, resistance and more, and what's to come. For our annual fruit and vegetable issue, leading sweet pepper breeders share the latest on breeding...
    copyrights

    What, How And Why Seed Businesses Should Use Copyrights

    Note: This is the second part in a series. The first article is "It's Not Just Patents and PVPs." In this age of the internet, copyrights are an important and...
    video

    Brad May and Jerry Flint Want to Take Communication Outside of Agriculture and into...

    At the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)'s 2019 Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference in Orlando, Florida, Brad May, Global Key Account manager at BASF Seed Solutions, and Jerry Flint,...

    Value Chain Perspective

    Value chains are intricate and complex. No question. Seed can be fitted into value chain considerations at many points. The role of seed in one value chain often may...
    dimitrov

    Reaching for the Sky: Q&A with Venelin Dimitrov

    Venelin Dimitrov, senior project manager of vegetables, herbs and fruits at Burpee’s Flowers, shares about his favorite flower varieties and his respect for pollinators and their important work. Seed World:...
    trait

    Be Dirt Rich

    This is part one of a three part series on the importance of soil health. Part one focuses on the chemical components of soil health. “Just like seeds and crop...
    vegetable

    These Two Guides are Designed to Help You Better Manage Vegetable Seed Quality

    Helping seed companies better manage vegetable seed quality is top-of-mind for the International Seed Federation (ISF). One year ago, the ISF unveiled a new guide to good seed production...

    Phytophthora in Soybeans

    Growers under pressure to maximize yield for every seed planted can’t afford to ignore Phytophthora seed, root and stem rot. Considered the number one seedling disease in soybean production, Phytophthora...
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    Year of the Beet

    Origin: Mediterranean Family: Amaranthaceae Genus: Beta Includes: The root vegetable, known as beetroot or garden beet; the leaf vegetable, known as chard and spinach beet; and field beet, now popular as a...

    Alfalfa Technologies

    Staying current with market demands, Sacramento, California’s S&W Seed Company, is pairing cutting edge technology with the company’s legacy breeding program to provide top quality alfalfa seed varieties. Through molecular...
    CPPSI

    Standardizing Plant Pathogen Identification

    The Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain Identification (CPPSI) aims to regulate naming plant pathogen strains and races. Consistent naming of plant pathogen strains and races is a recognized need in...
    resistance

    Fighting the Resistance

    Experts weigh in on best practices and the future of herbicide use. It’s been nearly 80 years since the discovery of 2,4-D — the first modern herbicide. It became commercially...
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    In the Land of High Protein Feed, Could Canola One Day be King?

    High protein canola meal is something I find myself speaking on more o