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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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    martin

    Getting in the Fight: Q&A with Todd Martin

    Todd Martin, CEO of Independent Professional Seed Association, shares about challenges for 2018 and fighting for his members. Seed World: What's your favorite book on your shelf? Todd Martin: John Adams...
    cacao

    Collaborations Work to Raise the Box

    Public and private entities come together to improve the production of cacao. For some, it’s the language of love during Valentine’s Day and accompanies a bouquet of red roses. For...

    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...
    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...
    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...
    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:...
    coreopsis

    Year of the Coreopsis

    Origin: Americas Family: Asteraceae Genus: Coreopsis Uses: Equally, at home in naturalized prairie settings or manicured landscapes, Coreopsis provide a lovely sunny presence wherever they make their home. Sections: Electra, Anathysana, Tuckermannia, Pugiopappus, Leptosyne,...

    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...
    tulip

    Year of the Tulip

    Origin: Southern Europe, eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia Family: Liliaceae Genus: Tulipa Uses: Popular throughout the world as ornamental garden plants and as cut flowers, the brightly-colored tulip is often a...
    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...
    beet

    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...
    canola meal

    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 often these days. Canola is a hugely lucrative crop in Western Canada and prevalent in the north...

    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...
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    True to Your Roots: Q&A with Patty Buskirk

    Patty Buskirk, founder of Seed by Design, shares how to treat customers and how to stay true to your roots while growing. Seed World: What’s your favorite film? Patty Buskirk: My...
    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...

    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...